'Making a Murderer:' Manitowoc Co. sheriff, Avery family member speak out

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)

MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wisc. (WLUK) - The conversation surrounding the Netflix original documentary series "Making a Murderer" doesn't show signs of slowing down.

The true-crime sensation follows the story of Steven Avery, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years on a sexual assault charge, only to be jailed for murder two years after his release.

Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann says the negative national attention isn't what the county was hoping would put it on the map.

"We like to fly under the radar instead of under the microscope, if you will," Hermann said. "But again, we're telling our side of the story."

In the past week, the sheriff has done a handful of interviews for various national news networks, including HLN and CNN.

Hermann says defending his department is his top priority.

"It's difficult at times, but I think the story needs to be told. The film is missing a lot of key points and a lot of key information," he said.

Steven Avery's cousin, Kim Ducat, says the series is giving the family new hope.

"Now that the documentary has come out, I think people can understand and see the true Steven and that he is really innocent," Ducat said. "He's hoping that people are going to see this and get a new trial for him, if nothing else."

She says since its release, people have reached out to Avery, trying to help prove his innocence.

"He is grateful for all the cards and the letters that he is receiving. He's very hopeful that someday he will get out," Ducat said.

She says although Teresa Halbach is the victim in the case, she wants the Halbach family to acknowledge that the Averys are also suffering a loss.

"I hope they take that heart that we do feel bad for them, but they need to understand what we're going though, too," she said.

Sheriff Hermann says the department is preparing for a large rally that Avery supporters are holding at the end of the month.

As for the national cable and satellite channels, HLN was scheduled to repeat its program Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m.

Fox News' "Steven Avery: Guilty or Framed?" program was set to air Saturday at 8 p.m.

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