Steven Avery maintains his innocence in the murder of Teresa Halbach

By Tara Fowler
January 15, 2016 04:50 PM
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Since debuting on Netflix last month, Making a Murderer has spurred tons of online debate about whether Steven Avery is guilty or innocent.

The 10-part documentary series examines the twist-filled case of Avery, whose wrongful 1985 conviction for sexual assault was overturned but who was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

To this day, Avery vigorously maintains his innocence and believes he was framed in retribution for filing a $36 million lawsuit against the county and authorities.

We took a poll of PEOPLE readers on Twitter, asking you to weigh in with your own opinions of Avery. See the results below:

The series seems to suggest that Avery might be innocent, but former prosecutor Ken Kratz has accused the filmmakers of omitting key evidence of Avery’s guilt.

And, when PEOPLE spoke to Avery’s neighbors in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, they also said they believe Avery is guilty.

“We hope he doesn’t get out because of this,” says one neighbor. Adds another, “We feel safer with him in jail. He should be locked up and throw away the key.”

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