Jerome Buting, Steven Avery’s other defense attorney, speaks with FOX6

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MANITOWOC COUNTY -- We are now hearing for the first time from Steven Avery's other defense attorney, Jerome Buting. Buting has been out of the country as the Netflix documentary "Making A Murderer" has garnered international attention. The series has some calling for the release of Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey. Avery and Dassey are currently serving life sentences in connection with the death of a young photographer in Manitowoc County.

Jerome Buting

Jerome Buting

Buting is currently in Rome -- visiting with his family. FOX6 News spoke with Buting, in his first interview with U.S. media.

The 10-part Netflix series was released on December 18th.

Prior to his conviction for the death of Teresa Halbach, a young photographer for Auto Trader magazine, Avery had been falsely accused of rape and served 18 years in prison.

He was exonerated in 2003 and was pursuing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Manitowoc County and its sheriff when he was accused of murdering Halbach.

Steven Avery and Teresa Halbach

Steven Avery and Teresa Halbach

Avery's defense made the case that officers investigating Avery had a conflict of interest and stayed involved after they were ordered to hand over the investigation to a neighboring county.

When key pieces of evidence in the death of Teresa Halbach were found by Manitowoc officers involved in Avery's first case, the defense implied the evidence could have been planted.

The prosecutor, Ken Kratz, officials in Manitowoc County and others are calling the documentary one-sided, indicating it left out evidence that proves Avery is guilty.

"I don't believe that this is a documentary because it leaves out a lot of information," Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann said. "We were never ordered to stay out of the investigation. At no time did I say we would not be involved or assist. I asked (Calumet County) to take the lead. I believe that justice was served and he was convicted and is guilty. Are there mistakes made during investigations? Not a question. I think overall, it was handled very well."

Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

Hermann has pointed to Avery's DNA found under the hood latch of Halbach's vehicle -- and leg irons and handcuffs found in the residence as key pieces of evidence proving Avery's guilt.

The filmmakers say they picked the most crucial evidence for the film and refute being called biased.

"We did not have a horse in this race," filmmaker Laura Ricciardi said. "It was no consequence to us if Steven Avery was found guilty or not guilty."

Netflix "Making A Murderer"

Netflix "Making A Murderer"

The documentary has spurred hundreds of thousands of people to sign petitions in support of Avery, calling on the conviction to be overturned.

Governor Scott Walker, the only person who could free Steven Avery, said this week he won't issue a pardon.

Buting is astonished by the attention this documentary is getting.

"I certainly didn't expect this," Buting said.

Dean Strang on FOX News Channel

Dean Strang on FOX News Channel

Buting says his email inbox and Twitter feed have exploded with messages from those who want to speak with him or speak about him and Avery's other defense attorney Dean Strang.

"We are getting a lot of leads -- both from actual witnesses and expert witnesses and scientists. Both Dean and I have been in contact with scientists from all over the world who have information about new updated tests that can be done that were not available at the time of the trial," Buting said.

Buting says there could be newly discovered evidence coming out in this case.

He says Avery himself hasn't seen the documentary, as there is no Netflix in prison.

"He has not seen it himself -- but he's certainly aware of it. I saw him shortly before it aired in mid-December and I know his family is probably overwhelmed as well with the kind of response that occurred," Buting said.

Not only has the documentary drawn attention to this case -- but also, Buting and Strang have gained a sort of celebrity status. They're even being called sex symbols online.

Dean Strang and Jerome Buting

Dean Strang and Jerome Buting

"It's silly really. But I'm surprised at any of the crush type of interest. Just to give you an idea, before this started, I had eight people on my Twitter following me. I've got 25,000 now," Buting said.

Buting says the real benefit to the Avery case being a Netflix/internet sensation is that millions are watching, discussing the case, and offering new ideas.

"A million minds are better than two, is all you can say," Buting said.

Buting is set to return to his office in Waukesha County next week.

He says if Avery was re-tried today, there might be a different kind of sensitivity and skepticism about the evidence.

Dean Strang, Avery's other defense attorney featured in the Netflix series spoke on FOX News Channel this week.

Also this week, it was announced by the filmmakers that a member of the jury that declared Avery guilty in the death of Halbach actually believes Avery was not guilty -- but was afraid to say so at the time. The unnamed juror reached out to the filmmakers shortly before the series debuted in December and followed up again after watching the 10 episodes.

"They said they thought that the world needed to know what happened," Moira Demos, one of the filmmakers, told CNN.

FOX6 News spoke with a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, who indicated she doubts the new information will have any impact in this case.

Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey

"It is one thing to say that. It is another -- what will have to happen, if there is any truth to that, is they are going to have affidavits back in front of the trial judge. Jurors are going to have to testify and it is VERY difficult to set aside a jury verdict," Janine Geske said.

As for Brendan Dassey, there is currently a federal habeas petition alleging that Dassey's constitutional rights were violated and it requests that his conviction be vacated. But Geske says if Dassey is granted a new trial, it won't happen any time soon.

7 comments

    • jester

      Think deeeeper:
      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 ).”

    • Joe M

      It would probably be easier to identify who really did it if they had actually investigated more than one person. Not every crime gets solved, you can’t just put someone in prison just because someone has to serve the time for the crime. They didn’t even allow the defense to suggest other suspects.

    • Terry

      Obviously you didn’t take the time to watch the series due to a lack of intelligent critical thinking. Just another ignorant hater who has to hate.

  • Trump

    You prove this by going to the first burn pile with a metal detector to find the bullets that should have melted and left in the burn pile.

  • jeff

    why would anyone suggest some hicks in Wisconsin would be more sympathetic after ten years? If the case were tried in a different state like California. Sure. Look at the Sin at the end of Wisconsin.Conservatives like to jump to conclusions about a persons guilt, evidence or not. That state elected a Republican as governor. They don’t care.

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