Convict behind ‘Making A Murderer’ files appeal
Steven Avery, convicted murderer and subject behind Netflix series cites jury bias
Steven Avery, the convicted killer behind the popular Netflix series ‘Making a Murderer’ filed an appeal with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Wednesday, challenging his 2007 murder conviction. He filed two motions alleging violations of due process rights in his trial for the 2005 rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. Avery is currently serving a life sentence for her murder. The appeal, filed Monday in an appeals court in Madison, bears Avery’s signature and contains numerous spelling and grammar errors. His new attorney’s name doesn’t appear on it.
The Netflix series sparked renewed interest in Avery’s ongoing case and has led to calls for his release and petition seeking a presidential pardon. President Obama declined because only a Governor can pardon someone convicted of a state criminal offense. Wisconsin prosecutors and law enforcement have accused the show’s directors of cherry-picking the evidence to cast it in a light favorable towards Steven Avery. Avery was convicted in 1985 in the rape of jogger Penny Beerntsen on a beach near her home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. After serving 18 years in prison he was exonerated based on DNA evidence connecting the attack to another man.
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