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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Amid a global fascination with the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer”, the man who prosecuted Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey is writing a book.
Ken Kratz tells Emily Matesic of 22News’ sister station Action 2 News that he’s writing the book “because the one voice forgotten to this point is Teresa Halbach.”
Kratz, who was the District Attorney of Calumet County and special prosecutor in Avery and Dassey trials, says he’s felt an obligation to speak up for Teresa and the Halbach family since the Dec. 18 release of “Making a Murderer”
“Finally grateful to tell the whole story,” Kratz tells Action 2 News.
“Making a Murderer” has become a global sensation, sparking backlash against the prosecution and Manitowoc County law enforcement officials over the handling of the investigation into the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
Halbach’s remains were found in a burn pit on the Avery property in Manitowoc County. The freelance photographer had visited the Avery Salvage Yard to photograph a vehicle for a magazine.
Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were later arrested and convicted of Halbach’s murder. They’re serving life sentences. Dassey has a chance at parole in 2048.
The series makes a case that Avery was set up for Halbach’s murder, an act of retribution for a $36 million civil lawsuit Avery filed against the county for his 18-year imprisonment for a rape he did not commit.
Kratz has defended the prosecution of Avery and Dassey, saying physical and circumstantial evidence presented at trial secured the convictions, including a bullet found in Avery’s garage with Halbach’s DNA on it.
Kratz said evidence was left out of the Netflix series because prosecutors were told they had to meet demands of the filmmakers to participate in the project.
Kratz, who now owns a private practice, will be represented by David Vigliano in New York City. He says he will remain in private practice and take care of his existing clients.
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