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'Making a Murderer' creators: Avery should have been found 'not guilty'

By Marilyn Malara   |   Jan. 14, 2016 at 10:16 AM

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Documentary filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi say they think the subject of their Making a Murderer series, Steven Avery, should have been found not guilty.

During their appearance opposite Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday night, the creators of the popular Netflix docu-series discussed the process of justice and why it took them 10 years to complete the project.

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"My personal opinion is that the state did not meet its burden in Steven Avery's case or [his nephew] Brendan Dassey's case," Ricciardi said, Demos immediately echoing the statement.

Making a Murderer follows the unique story of Steven Avery, who was falsely convicted of rape and jailed for 18 years before being exonerated based on new DNA evidence. During a hefty lawsuit with the police department, and within two years of being freed, Avery was accused of a murder, with the same department building the case.

Colbert commended Demos and Ricciardi for building Making a Murderer on something other than a "whodunit" scenario.

"We actually like to say it's more of a how-dunit. What we were documenting was the process," Demos said. "That's what justice is, it's a process. So, can we rely on these verdicts in the end?"

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