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Ken Kratz speaks out on Brendan Dassey's pardon request

Posted at 6:28 PM, Oct 04, 2019

Ken Kratz, the lead prosecutor in the Steven Avery case, is speaking out following an announcement that Brendan Dassey's advocates are asking Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers for a pardon.

Steven Avery was convicted of multiple crimes, including first-degree intentional homicide, in the 2005 death of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.

The controversial case and lengthy trial gained international attention when Netflix released Making a Murderer in 2015, a documentary that raised questions about the conviction of Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey. Advocates for Dassey claim the confession he made in the case was coerced.

Dassey's legal team have pushed a website that includes a hand-written letter attributed to Dassey, asking for a pardon. This latest development has received a lot of attention, including a couple of tweets from celebrity Kim Kardashian, appearing to take Dassey's side.

Kratz has also posted to Twitter about Brendan Dassey's request for a pardon, insisting that Dassey is guilty.

"As the #BringBrendanHome bandwagon is quickly filling with reality TV stars, justice reform advocates, and breathlessly being covered by the MSM, @GovEvers you know he did it, right???" Kratz posted to his Twitter account on Thursday.

Kratz's tweet included a link to a video on YouTube. "I put my thoughts in a video, to make it easy for you," Kratz's tweet says.

The video includes clips from Dassey's recorded confession and a phone call between Dassey and his mother.

Ken Kratz has been critical of Making a Murderer, calling the documentary series " one-sided ".

This article was originally written by Alice Reid for WGBA.