Making a Murderer: Steven Avery's lawyer claims to have evidence pointing to new suspect
Last week a judge overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Netflix’s addictive docuseries Making a Murderer, who was found guilty for his role in the murder of Teresa Halbach. Now, Steven Avery is gearing up for his second chance.
Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner told The New York Times she plans to order new evidence tests that could eventually lead to Avery’s conviction to be overturned. “There is evidence that already exists in the case that points to a different location and a different suspect,” Zellner said. “We’ve got a combination of forensic evidence and a tip from somebody that we’ve interviewed multiple times that we think is credible.”
Zellner said the testing could potentially prove that evidence at the crime scene was planted, a theory implicated in the show. One piece of evidence should be enough to overturn the ruling, in her view. “I’ve never seen a more graphic, compelling illustration of a crime scene that was fabricated,” Zellner asserted.
Avery and Dassey were convicted in 2007 for the 2005 murder of Halbach. The 25-year-old Halbach was a photographer and visited Avery’s property to take photos of a van he was selling for Auto Trader magazine. Avery was convicted of sexual assault in 1985 and was later exonerated by DNA evidence in 2003.
The prosecution against Avery believes in its conviction and will fight to uphold it. “The attorney general and Wisconsin Department of Justice will make their arguments in court and feel confident Mr. Avery’s conviction will be upheld,” an attorney general spokesperson told NYT.
Netflix announced last month that more episodes detailing Avery’s and Dassey’s post-conviction proceedings have been ordered, with creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos on board.