‘Making a Murderer’: defence lawyer Dean Strang ‘bewildered’ by newfound fame

The US lawyer who defended Steven Avery has appeared on a number of talk shows since the trial

A defence lawyer who appeared in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer has said he is ‘bewildered’ by his newfound fame.

Dean Strang, one of two attorneys who defended Steven Avery, told BBC News: “I have a hard time just being Dean Strang most days. The newfound exposure has been bewildering at times and just so unlikely in the extreme.”

The 10-part documentary followed the court trial of Avery, who was accused and later found guilty of murdering a young woman, Teresa Halbach.

Strang said the series tapped into the wider problems facing the American criminal justice system “through the prism of two small, compelling story lines”.

He also described the scenes in which Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey is interrogated as “really wrenching viewing”.

“That’s unfortunately not an uncommon experience for children who are pulled into a police investigation or into the adult criminal justice system, and indeed for many people with learning disabilities or difficulties who are confronted with well-trained and aggressive police interviewers,” he said.

Strang went on to respond to claims from the trial’s prosecutor Ken Kratz that crucial evidence had been left out of the series.

He said: ”Now, there is less significant information and argument that’s omitted on both sides but that’s unavoidable where you’re devoting 10 hours in total to this story.

“I think the editorial judgements made here are perfectly defensible as reasonable and fair.”