SAN DIEGO — An exclusive interview with the twin sons of “Making A Murderer’s” Steven Avery will air on “Crime Watch Daily” on FOX 5 Monday.
Bill and Steven Avery Jr., Avery’s twin boys, don’t recall being asked to participate in the documentary, at the time, they say most of their family members wanted to stay out of the spotlight, according to Crime Watch Daily producers.
If you’ve seen “Making A Murderer,” you’ve heard from the prosecution and defense, but there’s another side to this complicated, three-decade long story that hasn’t been heard until now.
Avery has gained international attention following the release of the Netflix docuseries focusing on his exoneration in a sexual assault case and later conviction for murder. The series was released on December 18.
Avery was convicted in 1985 in the rape of jogger Penny Beerntsen on a beach near her home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. After serving 18 years in prison he was exonerated based on DNA evidence connecting the attack to another man.
Avery was released in 2003 and filed a lawsuit against Manitowoc County for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
Two years later, he was arrested in the death of Halbach, a young photographer whose charred remains were found on his family’s auto salvage yard.
The Netflix docuseries shows how prosecutors laid out their case: Halbach’s Toyota RAV4 (which had blood in it, including Avery’s) was found on the Avery family’s lot. Avery’s DNA was found on the hood of the vehicle. Tissue and bone fragments that matched Halbach’s DNA profile were found outside Avery’s mobile home. Avery’s then-16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, confessed to authorities that he had assisted his uncle in raping and killing her. Avery was accused of burning Halbach’s body after she was killed.
The docuseries shows how the defense made the case that officers investigating Avery had a conflict of interest and stayed involved after they were ordered to hand over the investigation to a neighboring county. When key pieces of evidence were found by Manitowoc County officers involved in Avery’s first case, the defense implied the evidence could have been planted. The defense suggested Avery was framed for the murder of Teresa Halbach amid the pending multi-million lawsuit he filed against Manitowoc County following his exoneration.