Steven Avery, protagonist of the hit Netflix show Making a Murderer could be out on bail soon. The 53-year-old’s story shot to prominence after Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos released the ten-episode Netflix series documenting his case, spanning twenty years of his life. Avery was wrongly imprisoned for sexual assault and put behind bars for 18 years before being exonerated in 2003. He is still in prison today, as he was later charged with the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
The Sunday Express noted that Wisconsin’s Assistant Attorney General Thomas Fallon is making it difficult for Avery to get bail, and has called him a “flight risk” in a letter to Judge Angela Sutkiewicz, saying:
Avery no longer enjoys any presumption of innocence. He stands convicted of first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and he received a life sentence without possibility of parole. There is a substantial risk Avery will not appear to answer the judgment following the conclusion of his post-conviction proceedings. He has nothing left to lose.
Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner had responded to his claims calling it ‘nonsense’, ‘that claim is just nonsense but the system is corrupt.’ The purpose of Making a Murderer, according to its producers was to shed light on the American justice system, to see if it is delivering its ‘promise of truth and justice’.
Meanwhile, TMZ has interviewed Ken Kratz, the prosecutor in the case against Avery who sent the defendant to prison for life. He has been quoted saying that Avery should get a new trial only if ‘scientists develop a test showing the incriminating blood came from a vial’. This was in response to the defence argument that the authorities planted Avery’s blood at the crime scene. Kratz continued to make a controversial statement, claiming that there is other evidence available to convict the accused, even if it turns out to be true that the cops planted evidence.