In a “Making a Murderer” bombshell, lifer Steven Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner has filed a 1,000-pages-plus motion blaming the killing of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach on her ex-boyfriend and not Avery.
Avery, the face you’ve seen on the popular Netflix docuseries “Making a Murderer,” is serving a life sentence for the Halloween 2005 murder of Halbach, per WISN-TV Milwaukee.
That all came after it was previously found that Avery was framed by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department in a sexual assault investigation that left him wrongfully behind bars for 18 years of his life.
Despite being released in 2003 for what was originally going to be a 32-year sentence, Avery found himself back in prison in 2005 for Halbach’s murder, and he’s joined by his nephew Brendan Dassey, who “MaM” fans believe has been wrongly convicted as an accomplice in the murder.
Ryan Ferguson, a former client of Zellner’s who was freed from prison after serving 10 years for a murder he didn’t commit, took to Twitter on Wednesday, giving way to the bombshell.
More than 200 pages of the 1,272-page notice are available on Zellner’s website, according to ABC2 WBAY.
“As of the filing of this petition, Mr. Avery has been locked up for 10,909 days for crimes he did not commit. Mr. Avery has been alive for 20,058 days, so over 54 percent of his life has been spent behind bars,” the motion says. “Ms. Halbach’s entire life spanned just 9,355 days. Of the 4,238 days that have passed since Ms. Halbach’s murder, only 9 short days were devoted by law enforcement to identifying the alleged murderer, much less time than the average vacation time allocated in 2005 to the law enforcement personnel involved in the 9-day effort leading to the arrest of Mr. Avery.”
New evidence in the case presented by Zellner states that “a microscopic examination of the hood latch on Halbach’s RAV 4 shows Avery’s DNA did not get there by touching,” WBAY noted.
Zellner also argues that Avery’s DNA found on Halbach’s car key contained “too many cells” for it to have been transferred by him holding the key in his possession, implying that his DNA could have very well been planted on the key.
The Wisconsin Attorney General’s office released a statement to WISN-TV on Wednesday regarding the matter.
“We are confident that as with Mr. Avery’s prior motions, this one also is without merit and will be rejected once it is considered by the court,” the statement said. “We continue to send our condolences to the Halbach family as they have to endure Avery’s ridiculous attempts to re-litigate his guilty verdict and sentence.”
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