One Juror's Shocking ‘Making A Murderer’ Claim Creates Even More Doubt In Steven Avery's Case
The wildly popular Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer follows the case of Steven Avery, who was exonerated of rape before being convicted of murder. The series explores the possibility that Manitowoc County authorities involved in Avery's wrongful sexual assault conviction framed him for murder after he filed a lawsuit against the county. (The department wholly denies this.) But now, a key figure has supposedly come forward with information that could further convince fans of the show. According to the creators of the show, an alleged juror in Avery's trial claimed they believed Avery was framed. The filmmakers say that the juror said that Avery was only convicted because the juror feared for their life.
The juror was not named by the filmmakers, and has not spoken out themselves.
Appearing on the Today show Tuesday, showrunners Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos dropped the bombshell revelation that a juror in Avery's 2005 murder trial reportedly reached out to them after their docuseries premiered on Netflix.
The juror went on to claim that each verdict was a compromise. Ricciardi called it a "significant revelation."
Hey, Making a Murderer fans: Obama can't pardon Steven Avery. https://t.co/Edk5X8V2jO— (@slate) #
And the reason the jurors compromised in this way, according to the filmmakers? They might have been pressured.
That juror voted to convict Avery, the filmmakers said.
MakingAMurderer filmmakers say a juror believed Steven Avery was innocent https://t.co/y6xBqPSGHS— (@cnn) #
Ultimately, that juror believes that Avery deserves a new trial, and if he gets one, "it should take place far away from Wisconsin," Ricciardi said.
The filmmakers have explained that the potentially pervasive corruption plaguing the country's criminal justice system was a principal driving force behind their series.
Ricciardi noted on the Today show: