Did 'Making A Murderer' Leave Out DNA Evidence? Ken Kratz Claims It Did
About a month has passed since the premiere of Making a Murderer on Netflix, and the public desire for more information about the Steven Avery case keeps growing stronger and stronger. Though the documentary appears to depict all of the goings on during the 2006 trial of Avery for the murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach, is there more info out there that wasn't discussed in the docuseries? Like, for example, more evidence that would prove Avery did murder Halbach, as he was convicted of doing? Former Wisconsin state prosecutor Ken Kratz has come forward to decry the docuseries' alleged exclusion of several pieces of evidence against Avery. In fact, Kratz claims that there is DNA evidence from Avery’s sweat that was found under the hood of Teresa Halbach’s car.
In a round up of alleged facts the docuseries failed to show on screen, The New York Daily News reported:
Addressing the milieu of theories in an email to People magazine, Kratz called Making a Murderer a “conspiracy movie,” intoning that there may be more to the story than was presented in the show. The magazine reports:
Making a Murderer filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi spoke to ABC News regarding the allegation their series omitted evidence. The outlet reported:
Avery is currently serving a life sentence without possibility of parole, yet he maintains his innocence — a claim that several members of the public now support as well, signing a petition for Avery’s pardon that was successfully reviewed by the White House before being rejected. Kratz refutes Avery’s assertion of innocence by denoting the evidence that was absent from the documentary’s coverage of the investigation and trial. The Manitowoc police department is not under investigation and vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
During Avery's trial, Kratz and his prosecutors pointed to the following evidence, as highlighted by Vox:
Several episodes of Making a Murderer show that the defense team, headed by public defenders Jerome Buting and Dean Strang, claimed that the sample of Avery’s blood that was found in Halbach’s car was planted, and was actually from a vial of blood kept from evidence in the rape case of Penny Bernsteen, for which Avery was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years. Kratz acknowledges the defense’s claim that Avery never touched the car, but wrote to People: “How did his DNA get under the hood of the car…? Do the cops have a vial of Avery’s sweat?”
In an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News that is quoted in another People article, Strang addressed the evidence that Kratz claimed was omitted from the series. In addition to refuting the claim that Avery was obsessed with Halbach, Strang also says that the idea that the DNA under the hood of her car was from Avery’s sweat was merely “Kratz’s theory.” Strang said that the DNA sample present could have transferred from a number of places, including “[Avery’s] skin, a DCI agent’s glove…"
Viewers of Making a Murderer seem to have no shortage of fodder for armchair detective work, though this may be another case of "he said, he said."