"Making a Murderer" attorney speaks out against death penalty

Published: Oct. 11, 2016 at 10:30 PM CDT
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People may recognize him from the Netflix documentary series "Making A Murderer." Steven Avery's defense attorney, Dean Strang, was in Lincoln Tuesday speaking out against the death penalty.

"Retain a Just Nebraska" hosted the event. Strang, who's represented death row clients before, said the country's court and law systems are flawed, making it a risk when it comes to enforcing capital punishment. He said you can't be one hundred percent sure the right person will be put to death.

Strang also said getting rid of the death penalty in Nebraska will work as a deterrent for criminals.

"The people on death row prefer the death penalty to life without parole," Strang said. "The death penalty is going to be one needle prick and may spare them 20, 30 or 40 years living in a cage. If we left it up to death row inmates, I'm telling you, they'll take the death penalty."

Just recently, sheriffs from across Nebraska came out in support of keeping the death penalty, saying it's used sparingly and it's the punishment that fits the crime for the men currently on death row.

Strang believes if November voters are practical, they will see the death penalty is an inefficient, wasteful way to spend tax payer dollars.