White House responds to Avery and Dassey petitions

Steven Avery (WLUK file image)

After receiving more than 150,000 signatures, the White House has responded to online petitions asking President Barack Obama to pardon Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the murder of photographer, Teresa Halbach.

The signatures are in response to the Netflix series "Making a Murderer."

The response states the president cannot pardon state prisoners and the pardon would need to be issued at the state level by appropriate authorities.

Click here to read the White House's response.

Gov. Scott Walker had said earlier this week he will not pardon Avery or Dassey.

"Just because a documentary on TV says something doesn't mean that's actually what the evidence shows," Walker said. "The bottom line is that there was a crime that was committed a decade ago.There is a system in the judicial system by which individuals can petition the courts to get relief like others have done in the past that shows that someone might actually be innocent. But I am not going to override a system that is already put in place."

Avery and Dassey were convicted of murdering Halbach in 2005.

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