‘Making a Murderer’ Prosecutor Ken Kratz Slams Kathleen Zellner's New Evidence as 'Junk Science'

Calumet County Prosecutor Ken Kratz was subject to public speculation after the first part of Making a Murderer aired on Netflix in 2015. Not much changed in the recently aired Part 2. The prosecutor who put Steven Avery behind bars is being challenged, yet again, this time by coveted wrongful conviction attorney Kathleen Zellner.

Kratz claimed Part 2 of the series left out critical evidence in his reasoning against Avery and stated the first season did the same in a conversation with USA Today Network- Wisconsin. “The second season, unfortunately, uses the same playbook as Season One: deceptive editing, the omission of crucial evidence and personal attacks against the prosecutors, cops, and Teresa’s friends, which combine for a very one-sided view,” he said.

The prosecutor called out Zellner personally for her research tactics. In Part 2, Zellner is seen recreating crime scene evidence and testing the facts that convicted Avery. When asked if the series was “balanced,” Kratz answered, “Of course not.” “The audience is never told that Attorney Zellner’s 'new evidence' was little more than junk science, with its results having so little relevance to the contested issues that the court rejected them without even needing an evidentiary hearing," he added. 

Twitter users have been supportive and wildly impressed by Zellner’s dedication to Avery and the new evidence she has filed. Kratz does not share this high opinion of Zellner and claimed the Wisconsin courts don’t either.

making a murderer Steven Avery was convicted of murder by prosecutor Ken Kratz. Kratz stands by his work despite backlash from "Making A Murderer" viewers. Netflix

“Most legal experts in Wisconsin view Attorney Zellner’s 'new evidence' as a joke—I’m not sure how many times she needs to be thrown out of court before she admits her promises of identifying the 'real killer' was nothing but a desperate publicity stunt,” he said of Zellner’s involvement. “There’s an old saying that when you have the law on your side, pound the law; when you have the facts on your side, pound the facts; when you have neither, pound the table. That’s Kathleen Zellner.”

Kratz also explained he’s unsure why his name is involved with the case, as he’s no longer involved. He confirmed he believes both Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey murdered Teresa Halbach, though much of America thinks Kratz and his team got it wrong.

“I find it unsettling that I remain the lightning rod for the vitriol and hate stirred up by this TV show,” he said. “I’m the one attorney no longer involved in either case, yet Attorney Zellner and the show’s producers continue to claim Ken Kratz bears responsibility for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey still being in prison. I didn’t make these men murderers—I convicted them.”

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