After serving 18 years in prison, new DNA evidence linked the crime to someone else, and Avery was released in 2003.
In 2005, Avery was charged with murdering a photographer. Two years later, he was convicted, and sentenced to life in prison, after being prosecuted by Kratz.
Much of the controversy around Avery’s case stems from the way it was handled in the criminal justice system — from the sheriff’s office who investigated Avery’s crimes, to Kratz, the district attorney who prosecuted him.
The series shows Avery’s defense team suggesting that law enforcement may have planted evidence in order to convict him.
Kratz told BuzzFeed News that he has received “several hundred emails and tweets” about the case.
“Well over 90% are insulting, filled with profanity, and at least half hope some personal tragedy befalls me and/or my family,” he said. “Very troubling.”
Kratz also said the documentary makers omitted ballistic and DNA evidence from the show.
Kratz successfully prosecuted Avery for a murder committed in 2005. A previous version of this post contained one reference that incorrectly started Kratz prosecuted Avery in the 1980s for sexual assault.
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