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Avery Uncut: Part 2 the evidence

Posted: 12:12 AM, Feb 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-17 00:12:15-05
Avery Uncut: Part 2 the evidence
Avery Uncut: Part 2 the evidence

It's been over 10 years since the Teresa Halbach murder case captivated the state of Wisconsin.
           
Now, millions of Americans have been watching on Netflix, becoming amateur sleuths in the process.

After pouring through hundreds of hours of ABC2 sister station NBC26's unseen video , we focus on the evidence left out of the documentary.

Related: Avery Uncut: Part 1 never-before-seen interviews

The Netflix documentary has polarized viewers and prompted thousands to sign petitions to free Steven Avery. It's also frustrated others who lived through the trial like former NBC26 reporter Diana Alevar.

“I wanted to throw my remote control, because they were telling a story that was not the story that we got day in and day out,” she said.

While some can't stop watching, the documentary has been criticized for being one-sided and leaving out important parts of the case.

“I fervently believe that Netflix has an obligation-- at this point to fix what they did,” said Ken Kratz, the special prosecutor in the case. “To fix the one sidedness of this whether it's changing the-- the name of the piece-- or perhaps better, giving the other side an opportunity to-- present that information which was excluded from the Netflix piece.”

Kratz believes significant evidence was left out or not explained, including the bullets found in the garage.

“If you have a bullet that's fired from Steven Avery's gun, and that bullet we know sometime before the 5th of November passed through the body of the victim, Teresa Halbach-- there was an excellent chance that we knew exactly not only who killed her but how she was killed,” said Kratz.

However not much focus was put on the bullet in the series.

“Well, the bullet was itself one of the most, if not the most important pieces of forensic evidence in this case,” said Kratz.

Another piece of evidence Kratz says was missing -- that Avery specifically called Auto Trader Magazine, asking for Teresa.

Footage from the trial: Kratz: The specific language the man used when requesting the photographer? Dawn Pliszka -- Auto Trader Magazine: He wanted the photographer that had been out there before. Kratz: Did he say why he wanted that same photographer as before? Pliszka -- Because he had a minivan for sale.

“Teresa Halbach didn't just happen on this property,” said Kratz. “Teresa Halbach was targeted by Steven Avery. Remember that -- Teresa had complained about Steven answering the door with just a towel.  She was creeped out by Steven Avery.”

Kratz also says the series doesn't mention the fact that Avery made calls to Halbach that day, using the *67 feature to hide his number.

“But the jury knew,” explained Kratz. “The jury knew that the *67 feature was used and that's the difference. The difference is at the jury trial, I was able to present the evidence, the hard evidence, that dispelled that it's poor Steven Avery, or that-- he's a good guy, or things like that. And I was able to present all of these things for the jury to consider.”

Also under consideration, but not in the Netflix series, Avery’s alleged plans for a torture chamber.

Many reporters covered the trial, day in and day out, including former NBC26 reporter Aaron Keller.

“Regardless of who is guilty, who is innocent, this case reminded me that there were very real families that we touched by the events that transpired,” said Keller.

“There are real people involved in this case, and that they're going to have to relive this nightmare 10 years on,” said Diana Alvear, also a former reporter.

Keller reacts to the petitions and calls for Avery’s freedom.

“They should go look at the court documents, and read the public record and examine what was presented by whom and how,” said Keller. “The answers are there for those who want to dig deeper.”

It's the debate about innocence, and everyone who's seen the documentary has an opinion. The man who put Avery behind bars stands by the verdict.

“But the main actor here everybody believes is Steven Avery,” said Kratz. “He was convicted; he received a life sentence, no possibility of parole.  That man's right where he needs to be.”

We reached out to the filmmakers for an interview and they declined our request.

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