Attorney who helped free Floyd Bledsoe to assist in ‘Making a Murderer’ case

This image released by Netflix shows Steven Avery, right, in the Netflix original documentary series Making

Tricia Bushnell, an attorney who was part of a legal team that freed Floyd Bledsoe after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in Jefferson County, will assist in a murder case that is getting national attention.

Bushnell, legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project in Kansas City, Mo., will be part of a legal team representing Steven Avery, who gained fame through the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

Avery was convicted in Wisconsin in 2005 of killing a photographer. The popular documentary raises serious questions about Avery’s guilt. An online petition with 130,000 signatures asked President Obama to pardon him. The White House last week explained that the president can only pardon federal prisoners.

Bushnell and other representatives for the Midwest Innocence Project and students and attorneys for the KU Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies obtained new DNA testing that determined Bledsoe could not have killed his wife’s sister in 1999. He was released from prison in December.

Bushnell will be working with Kathleen Zellner, a high-profile attorney from Chicago who successfully represented Ryan Ferguson, who was a University of Missouri student when he was accused of murder.