Prosecutor Ken Kratz of Making a Murderer case, which follows the story of Steven Avery, said that he developed suicidal thoughts as a result of the immense pressure from the case.
Speaking to Dr. Drew Pinsky on his podcast, Kratz talked about how he had suffered from insomnia and anxiety as a result of the case. “This all began, I would suspect, as a result of the Avery case,” Kratz said. “It was a case that I was very much in the public eye, very much in the limelight, for 18 straight months we were on the front page and really in a very, very high-profile case. And then it all stopped.”
His “erratic” behavior, he said, was worsened by mixing of drugs like Xanax and Ambien. Things further started going downhill at the time of the 2010 scandal wherein he was involved in sending inappropriate text messages to a woman connected to the case, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
“After this whole thing kind of blew up, I became suicidal,” he said. “I actually put a gun in my mouth and was really, really having a hard time with having kind of gone from very well-respected and obviously very into my job to really vilified within maybe a 48- or 72-hour period.”
Meanwhile, Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner believes that the evident against her client – discovery of the bones of Teresa Halbach, whose murder Avery has been charged with, on her property; her keys in his house and her DNA on the fragment of a bullet in his garage – were planted, which she said can be proved through advanced scientific testing.
In an interview with Newsweek, she talked about the possibility of the evidence being planted. “They used forensic science to convict [Avery], and I’d be using it to convict them of planting the evidence.”
There has been much debate about the reliability of the EDTA discovered in Avery’s blood in Halbach’s car. EDTA is a chemical that is principally used to preserve blood. This finding could support the theory that the evidence was planted; more specifically, the blood was probably taken from his previous case that was on file (Avery previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge, though it was later found out that he was wrongfully convicted.)
Although no EDTA was found in the initial trial, doubts have emerged regarding the dependability of EDTA. A Luminol test, which would show the residue of blood in the house and garage of Avery, could also be conducted. The absence of blood could prove that Avery did not commit the crime.
Halbach’s cell phone records have proven to be an integral part of the case. While they have been argued upon in court in length, there has been little discussion about the tower location data. The evidence in this regard suggests that Halbach left Avery’s property alive.
“It’s really hard to figure out how in the world did the defense not seize on this,” Zellner said in her interview. “It would have created reasonable doubt.”