Manitowoc Police: We did not handle the Steven Avery case

"Making A Murderer Part 2" (Image courtesy Netflix)

MANITOWOC (WLUK) -- Manitowoc Police are once again trying to differentiate themselves from the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office following Netflix's recent release of "Making A Murderer: Part 2."

In a Facebook post, police say the department has received an influx of phone calls, emails and messages regarding the Steven Avery/Brendan Dassey murder case.

Police say those commenting on the case are directing their opinions to the wrong law enforcement agency.

In part, it reads:

"All of the cases referenced in the Netflix series were the jurisdiction of the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office. The incidents occurred outside of the City of Manitowoc. The Manitowoc Police Department does not have any jurisdiction outside of the City of Manitowoc. Steven Avery did not live in the City of Manitowoc."

The series examines the case of Avery and his nephew Dassey, who were convicted of the 2005 murder of photographer, Teresa Halbach in rural Manitowoc County. Avery was previously released from prison after serving 18 years for a rape he did not commit.

Part 1 of the series called into question the process used to convict the men; prosecutors have said the series was biased and left out key details of their case.

Since Part 1 was released in 2015, both men's appeals have received attention. Part 2 focuses on the appeals process.

In September, a judge rejected Avery's latest motion for a new trial. Avery's attorneys had argued he should be retried because the state failed to turn over a compact disc with various reports. Avery could still appeal that decision.

Efforts to free Dassey from prison have also failed. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear his case. Dassey has no active appeals.

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