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Making a Murderer Part 2: Former lawyer responds to Steven Avery's criticism

Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 19:32:21-04

MILWAUKEE -- Making a Murderer Part 2 puts Wisconsin back in the spotlight as Steven Avery continues his fight for a new trial. 

Nearly 3 years ago, tens of millions indulged in the first season of 'Making a Murderer'. A newly released sequel highlights Avery's new attorney's quest at overturning his conviction in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach. 

In this new season, Avery blames his former defense team for how they tried the case and for ultimately losing the trial. Avery's former lawyer Jerry Buting argues they did everything they could at the time.

It's the latest show to land on everyone's binge-watch list, especially for those like Matt Kade who live near where it all happened. 

"I do plan on watching it," he said. "I want to know what new evidence they have to show us." 

The highly anticipated part two of the docuseries came out on Friday. 

"I more or less binge-watched it, the first time I've binge-watched anything," said Buting. 

The Brookfield attorney was portrayed heroically in the first season of Making a Murderer.

"We continue to support him, we want to do everything we can to get both Steven and Brendan (Dassey) justice."

However, the support may not be mutual. In the new season, Avery turns on Buting. Early on in the season, Avery said in a taped interview that he believes Buting and another former defense attorney "screwed up the case." 

"I don't fault him for thinking that," Buting said. "He's been in prison for almost half of his life now. It didn't work whatever we did."

Making a Murderer Part 2 focuses on Avery's new attorney, Kathleen Zellner, whose mission is to get Avery a retrial.

"She's looking carefully at what Dean and I did," Buting said. "Whether we should have done other things and that's perfectly fine." 

When asked whether Buting believes Avery will ever get a retrial, he responded, "I'm optimistic, I'm not pollyannish about it though, it's difficult."

Prosecutor Ken Kratz argues otherwise. 

"He was convicted by a jury of 12, I don't think he's getting a new trial, he's right where he belongs," Kratz said.  

Buting believes at a minimum, Zellner should be able to get Avery a hearing for a retrial.