A juror contacted filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi to say they think Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer, is innocent and deserves a retrial. Demos and Ricciardi revealed the news on the Today show.
"The juror told us that they believe Steven Avery was not proven guilty,'' Ricciardi said, not naming the juror. "They believe Steven was framed by law enforcement and that he deserves a new trial, and if he receives a new trial, in their opinion it should take place far away from Wisconsin."
Avery was convicted of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin. During the 10-part Netflix series, which was released December 18, his lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, said that when the jurors met to decide on a verdict, seven of them were originally convinced Avery was innocent, but after days of deliberation they delivered a guilty verdict.
Now, the juror tells the filmmakers that they went along with the guilty decision because they "feared for their personal safety," Ricciardi said. The juror also said they'd be willing to serve as a source if there is a retrial.