Outraged fans of the series attempt to obtain pardon for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey
Nearly 250,000 people have signed a petition calling for the release of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, whose convictions for the murder of Teresa Halbach is the focus of new Netflix series Making A Murderer.
The documentary series was filmed over the past decade and focuses on the trial and conviction of the two men in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Both men are serving life sentences, having been convicted in 2007. Making A Murderer pays particular attention to perceived injustices in the case.
Fans of the show unhappy with the verdict have begun two petitions aimed at getting President Barack Obama to pardon Avery (pictured above) and his nephew, Brendan Dassey.
The first, a Change.org petition, which has received more than 248,000 signatures. The petition was created by Michael Seyedian, a fan of the series upset with the outcome of the 2007 trial.
“Steven Avery should be exonerated at once by pardon, and the Manitowoc County officials complicit in his two false imprisonments should be held accountable to the highest extent of the US criminal and civil justice systems,” he states.
Meanwhile, the second is a formal petition to the White House, that requires 100,000 signatures in order to ensure that White House staff will review it and issue an official response. This petition currently has 58,000 signatures.
Since Making A Murderer debuted in mid-December, members of the prosecution have spoken out against the series and claimed that filmmakers omitted vital evidence used in convicting Avery and Dassey.