While speaking with Megyn Kelly on Fox News Tuesday night, Dean Strang, the former attorney for Netflix’s Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery, addressed some of the evidence that former prosecutor Ken Kratz told PEOPLE was omitted from the popular docu-series.
Strang insisted that contrary to Kratz’s assertions, Avery was not obsessed with Teresa Halbach and that his call to AutoTrader magazine on the day of the murder, Oct. 31, 2005, in which he requested “that same girl who was here last time” to photograph his sister’s van was just a sign that he appreciated her work.
“It suggests that she had done a good job photographing a car that the family had sold earlier and now Steven’s sister was selling another car and he thought she’d been a good photographer,” Strang said.
Kratz previously told PEOPLE that when Avery called the magazine the day of the murder, he pretended to be his sister, Barb Janda by providing her name and number to lure her over to his house. Kratz said that Halbach told her boss that Avery “creeped [her] out.”
But while speaking with Kelly, Strang said that Halbach had told colleagues atAutoTrader “she was going to the Avery property out on Avery road.” He added, “She knew where she was going. No illusions about that, no concealment of that.”
However, since Janda lived on the same property with Avery, Halbach could have known she was going to the Avery property without knowing that she would be seeing Avery himself.
Strang Addresses ‘*67 Calls’ Avery Placed To Halbach
Strang also addressed the three calls Avery made to Halbach that day: Two of them used the *67 feature, which hid his identity, and one did not.
“Phone records show three calls from Avery to Teresa’s cell phone on Oct. 31,” Kratz said in an interview last week. “One at 2:24 [p.m.], and one at 2:35 – both calls Avery uses the *67 feature so Teresa doesn’t know it’s him…both placed before she arrives.
“Then one last call at 4:35 p.m., without the *67 feature. Avery first believes he can simply say she never showed up…so he tries to establish the alibi call after she’s already been there, hence the 4:35 call. She will never answer of course, so he doesn’t need the *67 feature for that last call.”
But Strang said that Avery was merely protecting his privacy. “The fact that he tried to protect his privacy with two *67 calls tells us nothing at all about who killed Teresa,” he said.
Strang also spoke about the “sweat” that Kratz said Avery allegedly left under the hood of Halbach’s car. “There was no evidence of sweat, there was evidence of DNA, Steven’s DNA, transferred,” he said.
“The sweat theory was just Mr. Kratz’s theory,” he added, saying Avery’s DNA could have come from anywhere. “His skin, a DCI agent’s glove…could have transferred that DNA under the hood,” said Strang.
Avery is currently serving life in prison without the possibility for parole.