Netflix's new, 10-part documentary series, Making a Murderer, is riveting but emotionally… Read more Read more In a new interview in the New York Times , lead prosectuor Kenneth Kratz says the filmmakers omitted two key pieces of evidence that points to Avery's guilt in the death of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach.
The first is a DNA sample from what is allegedly Avery’s sweat found on a latch under the hood of Halbach’s Toyota RAV4, "a discovery made by investigators after they were led there by Brendan Dassey."
“How do you get Avery’s sweat underneath a hood latch of a vehicle?” Mr. Kratz said. “That is completely inconsistent with any kind of planting.”
Kratz also said a bullet with Halbach’s DNA on it was found in Avery’s garage that matched to a rifle that hung over Mr. Avery’s bed — although the bullet was not found until nearly five months after Halbach's disappearance.
“If they planted it, how did they get a bullet that was shot from Avery’s gun before Nov. 5?” Kratz said, referring to the defense's case that Avery was framed by local authorities.
Meanwhile, more evidence has surfaced from past news stories and omitted testimony about the case, as well as about Avery's and Dassey's background and relationship.
This evidence has been compiled by the . Among the main points regarding Halbach specifically: New York Daily News among other outlets
And here is some background info about Avery's alleged past wrongdoing:
In 1982, Avery was charged with animal cruelty for pouring gasoline on a cat and throwing it into a bonfire Avery at one point allegedly raped a young girl and threatened to kill her family if they spoke out, according to a story by the Appleton Post Crescent. Another woman told to keep quiet also accused Avery of rape, according to the paper. And, during a bail hearing for Avery, prosecutors said Avery had drawn up diagrams while in prison for a torture chamber to kill women. In a transcript not played in the docuseries, Dassey says Avery had molested him.
Times' interview, Kratz, who resigned from his position as state prosecutor after his own sex scandal, said the series “really presents misinformation.”
Dean Strang, one of Avery's lawyers, did not address the information about his client's alleged past activities. But of the sweat found on the latch, Strang said it did not mean Avery touched the car, and was never clearly identified as sweat. And as for the bullet, Strang said bullet fragments were all over Avery's property, where the family often shot guns.
That Ms. Halbech’s DNA was on the bullet “really didn’t move the needle one way or another,” Mr. Strang said.
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