‘Making a Murderer’ prosecutor writing a book

Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz gives his rebuttal argument in the trial of Steven Avery, Thursday, March 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

CALUMET COUNTY, Wisc. (WBAY/WOOD)– Amid a global fascination with the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer”, the man who prosecuted Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey is writing a book.

Ken Kratz told WBAY’s Emily Matesic he’s writing the book “because the one voice forgotten to this point is Teresa Halbach.”

Kratz, who was the District Attorney of Calumet County and special prosecutor in the Avery and Dassey trials, said he felt an obligation to speak up for Teresa and the Halbach family since the Dec. 18 release of “Making a Murderer.”

“[I’m] finally grateful to tell the whole story,” he said.

With a photo of homicide victim Teresa Halbach projected behind him, Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz begins his opening statements in Steven Avery's murder trial at the Calumet County Courthouse, Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Kirk Wagner, Pool)
With a photo of homicide victim Teresa Halbach projected behind him, Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz begins his opening statements in Steven Avery’s murder trial Feb. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Kirk Wagner, Pool)

“Making a Murderer” has become a global sensation, sparking backlash against the prosecution and Manitowoc County law enforcement officials over the handling of the investigation into the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

Halbach’s remains were found in a burn pit on the Avery property in Manitowoc County. The freelance photographer had visited the Avery Salvage Yard to photograph a vehicle for a magazine.

A file photo of Steven Avery in court (Courtesy: WBAY.com)
A file photo of Steven Avery in court (Courtesy: WBAY.com)

Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were later arrested and convicted of Halbach’s murder. They’re serving life sentences. Dassey has a chance at parole in 2048. Meanwhile, Avery has filed an appeal.

The series makes a case that Avery was set up for Halbach’s murder as an act of retribution for a $36 million civil lawsuit he filed.  Avery was suing Manitowoc County for his 18-year imprisonment for a rape he did not commit.

Kratz has defended the prosecution of Avery and Dassey, saying physical and circumstantial evidence presented at trial secured the convictions, including a bullet found in Avery’s garage with Halbach’s DNA on it.

Kratz said evidence was left out of the Netflix series because prosecutors were told they had to meet demands of the filmmakers to participate in the project.

Kratz, who now owns a private practice, will be represented by David Vigliano in New York City. He says he will remain in private practice and take care of his existing clients.


The original version of this story was first posted on WBAY.com.

 

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