A documentary series on Steven Avery’s murder conviction has raised a host of new criticisms and defenses over the way his case was handled. “Making a Murderer” began streaming on Netflix in December, and since then reaction in the media — and on social media — has been nonstop.
Now, a juror from the separate trial which convicted Avery’s nephew, Brandon Dassey, of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach has told a Madison television station that he believes that case should be re-tried.
Robert Covington of Madison told WKOW-TV that he and another juror raised questions during jury deliberations about Brendan Dassey’s mental state — but that other jurors dismissed the concern, saying it was not what they supposed to rule on. Covington said he knew “something was wrong” with Dassey in the way he expressed himself during his trial.
Dassey was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, and he and Avery are in prison. An Illinois law firm has recently started seeking a second appeal in Avery’s case.