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“Dateline” offering fresh look on Steven Avery story

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NBC’s “Dateline” will offer a fresh look at a story that has captivated the nation and has sparked public outcry.

Netflix’s popular documentary series “Making a Murderer” focuses on the story of Steven Avery.

In 2003, Avery was exonerated after being imprisoned 18 years for a rape he did not commit.

Two years later, he and his teenage nephew, Brendan Dassey, were accused of murdering a photographer named Teresa Halbach.

Avery was convicted of murder and is now serving a life sentence for the crime.

Response to the documentary has been overwhelming with hundreds of thousands of viewers calling on President Obama to pardon Avery.

In a one-hour special, “The State of Wisconsin vs. Steven A. Avery” will feature a rare 2005 interview with Penny Beerntsen, the victim of the sexual assault case for which Avery was wrongfully convicted, and features new interviews with key players in the trials of Avery and Brendan Dassey for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

The “Dateline” special airs Friday on NBC at 9 p.m. CT.