The hit Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer has caused outrage among some viewers and spawned two different online petitions seeking the pardon of convicted murderer Steven Avery.
A Change.org petition has collected 200,000 signatures, while a WhiteHouse.gov petition, which seeks a pardon of Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, has 20,000 signatures. The Wisconsin men were convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach in 2005. Avery is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, while Dassey will be up for parole in 2048.
The 10-part series documents the story of Avery, who was freed from jail 18 years after he was convicted of a rape he didn’t commit only to end up convicted of a murder a few years later.
Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos say Avery’s goal is trying “to prove his innocence. Ours was to document the experiences of the accused in the American criminal justice system. He was uniquely positioned.” (USA Today)