Steven Avery to Be Interviewed By Dr. Phil From Prison

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Ever since the premiere of Making a Murderer, fans of the Nettflix docu-series have been clamoring for insight from the show's controversial subject, 54-year-old Wisconsin native Steven Avery.

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After serving 18 years behind bars for rape charges, Avery was released after his conviction was overturned on the strength of new DNA evidence.

Avery sued Manitowoc County, its sheriff, and its district attorney for $36 million for wrongful imprisonment.

Before the case could be decided, however, Avery was arrested for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, a local photographer who had done freelance work his family's auto salvage business.

Avery has been in prison ever since.

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Making a Murderer prompted widespread outrage, as many viewers believe that Avery was framed for Halbach's murder, both as retribution for humiliating local law enforcement, and to stop his lawsuit, which would've drained Manitowoc County's coffers.

The suit was eventually settled for $400,000 while Avery was behind bars.

Astonishingly, prison authorities have not allowed Avery to publicly address the controversy surrounding his conviction by speaking to the press.

Avery's only contact with supporters has come through letters written to Kathleen Zellner, the attorney who's handling his current appeal. 

Steven Avery

For reasons that remain unclear, prison officials recently lifted the media ban, and Avery was permitted to call into the Dr. Phil Show and tell his story from behind the walls of Waupun Correctional Institute in Wisconsin.

The interview, which has reportedly already been recorded, will air in two parts on October 3 and 4.

Last week, Avery got engaged to Lynn Hartman, a woman with whom he's been corresponding for years, but has only met once.

Hartman will be in the studio to tell her story to Dr. Phil McGraw after Avery's interview.

Brendan Dassey Photo

Last month, a judge overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, a nephew of Avery's who was imprisoned under suspicion of acting as an accomplice in Halbach's murder.

Dassey, now 26, has been in prison since just after his 16th birthday.

If his conviction had not been overturned, he would not have been eligible for parole until 2048.

Those who believe Avery was wrongly convicted hope he'll be able to clear his name in similar fashion.

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