A person who served on the jury during the murder trial for Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery has told producers of the docuseries that they believe Avery shouldn't have been convicted.
In an interview on the Today show Tuesday, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said that the juror contacted them after Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix last month and admitted that some members of the jury felt that Avery was set up.
"They told us that they believe Steven Avery was not proven guilty, they believe that Steven was framed by law enforcement," Ricciardi, who spent more than a decade gathering footage with Demos, said. "They believe he deserves a new trial, and if he receives a new trial, in their opinion it should take place far away from Wisconsin."
Asked why the jury handed down a guilty verdict, the juror said that some members of the jury "feared for their personal safety." Jurors opted to split their votes on individual counts to "send a message to the appellate courts [so] that Steven would get a new trial," according to Demos.
Since Making a Murderer premiered, it has come to light that one juror was related to a Manitowoc County Sheriff's deputy, and another juror was the spouse of an employee in the County Clerk's office.
Avery is currently serving a life sentence without parole after being convicted of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. His nephew Brendan Dassey, who was charged as an accomplice in the crime, is also serving a life sentence, with the possibility of parole.
Making a Murderer chronicles Avery's trial, as well as his wrongful conviction for rape years earlier - for which he was exonerated by DNA evidence in 2003, after serving 18 years in prison. Within weeks of the series' debut, online petitions calling for Avery and Dassey to be pardoned have gathered more than 200,000 signatures.
Watch the filmmakers' interview with Today here: