Supporters of Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey protest at Manitowoc Co. Courthouse

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MILWAUKEE -- Supporters of convicted murders Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are protesting near the Manitowoc County Courthouse Friday morning, January 29th.

Steven Avery rally

The uncle and nephew were the subject of the popular "Making a Murderer" series on Netflix, which questions whether they were treated fairly and suggests the possibility that Manitowoc County sheriff's deputies planted evidence.

The protesters believe Avery and Dassey may have been wrongfully convicted in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

Steven Avery and Teresa Halbach

Steven Avery and Teresa Halbach

There were maybe a few dozen protesters at Friday's rally -- but you could tell a lot of deep feelings about the case.

The crowd at the Manitowoc County Courthouse was relatively small compared to the deep passion felt by both sides.

Supporters chanted, "We want justice! When do we want it? Now!"

Those who want a new trial for convicted murderers Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, gathered in support.

Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

"Manitowoc County take a stand. Don't imprison an innocent man," said an Avery supporter.

Both Avery and Dassey were convicted in 2005 of killing Teresa Halbach, a young photographer who came to the Avery property -- and the Netflix documentary focuses on their cases.

"Too much evidence was tampered with. He needs a free trial. I want to see all the evidence. I would like to see every piece of evidence on the table again," said Erica Falk, Green Bay resident.

But there were those who came to say Avery and Dassey should stay locked up.

"I want Wisconsin to be safe from murderers and rapists and people that don't understand that we have a justice system," said a man who supports Avery's conviction.

"This Netflix documentary was so slanted, it has everyone brainwashed into thinking he's innocent," said Joe Bunzow, lives in Manitowoc.

"It's just important for people to understand there is an injustice and we want answers," said an Avery supporter.

Obviously no answers today, and no meetings of the minds.

Steven Avery has filed an appeal of his murder conviction. Right now, however, the case seems to be in the court of public opinion.

13 comments

    • David

      I am sure you said the same thing when he was convicted for rape too. I would welcome you in my house either does that make you a rapist or a murder because i wouldn’t welcome you in my house?

  • stryker

    This whole charade or dog and pony show of a story is meant to distract you:
    The strategy of distraction–The primary element of social control is the strategy of distraction which is to divert public attention from important issues and changes determined by the political and economic elites, by the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information. distraction strategy is also essential to prevent the public interest in the essential knowledge in the area of the science, economics, psychology, neurobiology and cybernetics. “Maintaining public attention diverted away from the real social problems, captivated by matters of no real importance. Keep the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to farm and other animals (quote from text Silent Weapons for Quiet War ).”
    Wake up and care about the state of America.

  • amy

    I voted for Obama, does that mean i want him living with us? NO… Guilty or NOT, he deserves a fair trial. So did the 16 year old dimwit. I don’t know how old Dassey is now.

  • amy

    You are right, no matter how many times they try this. WE know that they are not going to get a fair trial. What does that say about our law.

  • local

    some context – only 50 people showed up. It’s supposed to last until 5:30 – only 6 people were left as of 1:30.

  • Facts_of_the_case

    The fact that the child was coerced into a confession. The fact that his stories were not consistent with the evidence. The fact that there is probable cause. The fact that there is no DNA or blood anywhere in the house of the deceased. The fact that there was blood in the back of the Rav4 of the deceased proving her body was moved. The fact that her bones were moved to the spot that they were found. The fact that he had no motive to kill or hurt this woman. The fact that he had never sexually assaulted anyone before. The fact that the key was found by a police-man who was not supposed to be involved in this case. Many things don’t add up. Move these trials and try this again – in a more fair state.
    As a female, I would feel safe with either one of these man living beside me. I believe there is enough probable cause,

  • sheila ciappetta

    if and i say if her throat was cut in bedroom , where is all the blood there would have been a whole lot of blood it was not found. Also the stomach being cut , tons of blood there too not found. hummmmm, not only that 3 weeks after deposition not a coincidence , and the one cop who asked about the missing womens license plate anther hummmmm

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