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Making A Murderer case juror makes stunning claim

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos

The global fascination in the Making A Murderer documentary continues and the story took another turn today with a stunning revelation.


Some members of the Steven Avery murder trial voted 'guilty' because they feared for their personal safety, it has been claimed.

'Making A Murderer' documentary makers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have revealed that they were contacted by one of the trial's jurors after the popular Netflix series aired.

The series focuses on the life of a Wisconsin man, Steven Avery, who initially served 18 years for the rape and assault of a woman he did not commit, before facing a murder trial as he was suing the authorities in Manitowoc County for compensation.

Mr Avery was found guilty of the murder of Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison, without parole.

However, several questions have been raised about the evidence presented in the trial following Ricciardi and Demos' documentary.

Now, as petitions to re-open the trial reach almost a quarter of a million signatures in the US, the directors have revealed the jury may have been intimidated into reaching their 'guilty' verdict.

"We were contacted by one of the jurors who sat through Steven Avery's trial and shared with us their thoughts and told us that they believed that Steven Avery was not proven guilty," Ricciardi told The Today Show on NBC News.

"They believed that Steven Avery was framed by law enforcements and that he deserves a new trial and that if he receives a new trial, in their opinion, it should take place far away from Wisconsin."

When questioned as to how they reached the guilty verdict, the juror told the documentary makers that they "feared for their personal safety".