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Reporter shares experience covering Steven Avery’s trial, thoughts on ‘Making a Murderer’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - It's a story that has captivated the nation and has sparked public outcry.

Netflix's documentary "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 nephew 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.

However, not everything may be as it seems, at least according to a reporter who covered the trial.

Jesse Wells, who is now a reporter in Indianapolis, covered the case while working in the Green Bay market.

Wells said the documentary is a "one-sided look at flaws in the nation's legal system."

"Steven Avery always maintained law enforcement set him up in order to get out of a lawsuit and the documentary makes a convincing case, yet that didn't match my personal experience working the trial in Wisconsin. The filmmakers got incredible behind-the-scenes access to the defense and the Avery family. They were not provided the same access to the prosecution or the victim's family. Whether intentional or not, the access the filmmakers had to the defense clearly skewed their telling of events," Wells said.

Wells says the documentary didn't leave out any 'smoking gun' evidence, but they did leave out several pieces of evidence that paint Avery in an unflattering light.

"From Avery's apparent fondness for the victim, to his sweat under the hood latch of the victim's car, his gun linked to the murder and bleach on Brendan Dassey's jeans, there was a lot of evidence that didn't fit the frame-up narrative and those facts were not disclosed in the series," Wells said.

Wells said the interrogation methods used on Avery's nephew were "highly questionable" and the confession, which was broadcast live, "clearly damaged the suspect's ability to get a fair trial."

Wells says that even though the documentary has put the case in the public eye, he still feels like justice was served.

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