The filmmakers behind Making a Murderer are firing back at former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz after he accused them of omitting key evidence from the series in an interview with PEOPLE earlier this week.
“Ken Kratz is entitled to his own opinion, but he’s not entitled to his own facts,” filmmaker Laura Ricciardi told The Wrap. “If he’d like to put together a documentary and try to discredit us in some way, he’s welcome to do that. We’re not going to be pulled into re-litigating the Halbach case with him.”
Added filmmaker Moira Demos: “I guess I would ask Kratz what he would trade it for. We tried to choose what we thought was Kratz’s strongest evidence pointing toward Steven’s guilt, the things he talked about at his press conferences, the things that were really damning toward Steven. That’s what we put in. The things I’ve heard listed as things we’ve left out seem much less convincing of guilt than Teresa’s DNA on a bullet or her remains in his backyard.”
Filmed and produced over ten years, Making a Murderer examines the twist-filled case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who was released from prison after being exonerated for sexual assault only to be arrested again and convicted for the murder of a young photographer, Teresa Halbach.
Avery is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. But he maintains his innocence and believes he was framed in retribution for filing a $36 million lawsuit against the county and authorities.
Kratz, who prosecuted both Avery before resigning from his position as D.A. in 2010 following a sexting scandal, told PEOPLE on Tuesday that Avery “targeted” Halbach, citing Halbach’s Oct. 10, 2005, visit to the property owned by Avery’s family for a photo shoot for AutoTrader magazine. According to Kratz, Avery allegedly opened his door that day “just wearing a towel.”
“She was creeped out [by him],” Kratz said. “She [went to her employer and] said she would not go back because she was scared of him.”
At 8:12 a.m. on Oct. 31, the day Halbach was killed, Kratz said Avery called AutoTrader magazine and asked them to send “that same girl who was here last time.” He said that Avery knew Halbach was leery of him, so he allegedly gave his sister’s name and number to “trick” Halbach into coming.
This call to AutoTrader magazine on the day of Halbach’s death was just one of the pieces of evidence Kratz cites as being left out of the Netflix series.
“It was a nearly six-week-long trial, and it would just be impossible for us to include all of the less significant evidence,” Ricciardi told The Wrap when asked why some evidence against Avery was excluded from the series.
She added: “Without getting into trying to refute specific pieces of evidence, I would say that our role here was as documentarians. We were not advocates. We’re not part of an adversarial system. We were documenting this case as it was unfolding.”