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Steven Avery New Trial Denied in 'Making of a Murderer'

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In this March 13, 2007, file photo, Steven Avery listens to testimony in the courtroom at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool, File)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Oct 2017 01:36 PM

Steven Avery was denied a new trial in the "Making of a Murderer" case.

Sheboygan County Judge Angela Sutkiewic denied the motion Tuesday, stating that the convicted murderer, who is the subject of the popular Netflix series, did not meet the standard for a new trial, USA Today noted.

Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were convicted a decade ago for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, however, both men have maintained innocence.

Earlier this year, Avery's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, filed a motion seeking a new trial on grounds that additional test results and witness affidavits could present alternate theories surrounding the killing of 25-year-old Halbach.

"Mr. Avery's post-conviction counsel ha(s) completed scientific testing and conducted an extensive re-investigation of his case, which demonstrates that planted evidence and false testimony were used to convict Mr. Avery of the first-degree intentional homicide of Teresa Halbach," she wrote in the document, per USA Today.

Zellner was insistent on Avery's innocence and requested "comprehensive, thorough and most advanced forensic testing."

However Sutkiewic waivered the motion, stating that there was no reasonable probability that a new trial would reach different results.

"The defendant has failed to establish any grounds that would trigger the right to a new trial in the interests of justice," she said, per BBC News. "As such, no further consideration will be given to this issue."

Halbach was last seen on Halloween 2005 when, on assignment for Auto Trader magazine, she was scheduled to visit Avery's Auto Salvage near Mishicot, Wisconsin, but did not return home.

She was reported missing by her parents, and Avery was later arrested in connection Halbach's murder.

Avery, who faces life in prison, slipped into the background for several years but sparked controversy as the subject to Netflix's hit documentary series "Making a Murderer," which premiered in 2015.

The documentary saw thousands of petitioners band together to demand Avery be exonerated and freed from prison after watching the show.

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Steven Avery was denied a new trial in the "Making of a Murderer" case Tuesday, when Sheboygan County Judge Angela Sutkiewic said the convicted murderer, who is the subject of the popular Netflix series, did not meet the standard for a new trial.
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