Avery Gives Emotional Testimony

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

Eighteen years of Steven Avery's life were taken away from him, and his reputation's been tarnished. That's exactly the kind of situation some say has to be avoided, and they took their case to a state legislative panel Monday in Madison.

Avery was let out because DNA evidence proved he was innocent. One UW professor says the prosecution procedures have to be changed to prevent wrongful convictions and unnecessary pain.

"My family stuck around for a while," says Avery. "It was hard. Then I told the old lady to leave (breaks down)."

Avery was released in September after some UW law students looked into his case, and proved a different guy raped a woman. Since then, the state attorney general ruled that no charges can be filed against the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department for Avery's convictions.

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