‘Making a Murderer’ filmmakers answer questions on Twitter

Steven Avery
FILE - In this March 13, 2007 file photo, Steven Avery listens to testimony in the courtroom at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton, Wis. The Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” tells the story of a Wisconsin man wrongly convicted of sexual assault only to be accused, along with his nephew, of killing a photographer two years after being released. An online petition has collected hundreds of thousands of digital signatures seeking a pardon for the pair of convicted killers-turned-social media sensations based on a Netflix documentary series that cast doubt on the legal process. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

The Netflix filmmakers responsible for the series about convicted murderers Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey took to social media Wednesday afternoon.

“Making a Murderer” filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi responded to Twitter questions.

When asked, “Why were you so interested in this case among many of the wrongly convicted prisoners?”

The filmmakers responded, “Steven’s unique status as one of WI’s first DNA exonerees + efforts to improve the system.  Before he was charged again made the context for the new case significant.”

When asked, “What do you think about people saying you both have made the documentary to make Steven look innocent,” the filmmakers replied, “People have come away from the series feeling that way but that’s not what we did. Our goal was not to convict or exonerate anyone. It was to go where the facts led us. MaM is not about whether Steven is innocent or guilty. It’s about whether the process was fair.”

At the end of the Q&A, the filmmakers tweeted, “This should be about us coming together to work towards the common goal of an improved system.”

Read more questions and answers here: https://twitter.com/MakingAMurderer

The 10-part documentary has captivated a worldwide audience since its December premier on the Netflix streaming service.

Avery is serving life in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old freelance photographer who disappeared after going to his property in 2005. Halbach’s remains were found in a burn pit on the Avery property in Manitowoc County.

The series makes a case that Avery and his nephew are innocent.

Avery and Dassey, a teenager at the time of his arrest, were convicted of homicide and sentenced to life in prison.  Dassey will be up for parole in 2048.

Each of the ten, one-hour episodes take viewers through Avery’s history, including his wrongful rape conviction and what led to his exoneration. It shows viewers the investigation that went into connecting him to Halbach’s murder.

The filmmakers had special access to the defense team’s strategy and thought process through the trial.

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