Steven Avery Update 2021: Is He Still In Prison?

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Steven Avery Update 2021: Is He Still In Prison?

Steven Avery updates appear to be coming in thick and fast throughout 2021, after a quiet period following the second season of Making a Murderer. Here at Tyla, we've got you covered with the latest on Steven Avery.

Below is a comprehensive guide to Steven Avery's case so far.

Is Steven Avery still in prison? Steven Avery's case in 2021

As of now, Steven Avery remains in prison for the murder of Theresa Halbach in 2005, as told in the the 2015 hit true crime documentary, Making A Murderer.


Avery has always maintained his innocence and believes he was framed by the Manitowoc County Police Department after he sued them for wrongful conviction for another crime in 2003.

On Friday 27th August 2021, It was announced that Steven Avery had asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take on his case, after the Appellate court rejected it the month before.

On 28th July, it was announced that the court had rejected Avery's appeal. It's not the ideal situation, but there are still options for the Making a Murderer star.

Zellner tweeted: "Not deterred by the appellate court decision--it pointed out the specific doors that are still open for Mr. Avery's quest for freedom. We appreciate the careful review. #Onward #TruthWins.


On Friday 23rd April 2021, Steven Avery's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, accused the state of Wisconsin of 'withholding' crucial evidence in a letter after new witnesses came forward.

This followed a new court filing on 13th April, which states that a delivery driver has come forward and said he saw Bobby Dassey with an unidentified, bearded man in his 50s-60s pushing a Toyota RAV-4 (the model Teresa Halbach was driving) onto the Avery property in the early hours of 5th November 2005.

This groundbreaking revelation placed Steven Avery's nephew, Bobby Dassey (Brendan Dassey's brother), at the scene of the crime.

On 14th April, Zellner tweeted: "To all the Steven Avery supporters: Thank you for all the tips on the accomplice. We should have him identified very quickly."


Brad Dassey, who is Brendan's half-brother, then claimed that his uncle Avery is innocent and that his step-mother, Barb Tadych, might have something to do with the case.

Before this, the last development in the case was in June 2020, when Avery's lawyer filed The Avery Reply Brief with the optimistic message, "We're going to win this!!!"

This came as a counter-response to The State of Wisconsin, which, after the filing of Avery's appeal, submitted a 130-page document asking the court to deny Avery a new trial.

So surely with all of this happening there's got to be a third season of Making a Murderer?


What did Steven Avery sue Manitowoc Police for?

In 1985, Avery was imprisoned for sexual assault and attempted murder. It wasn't until 18 years into his 20-year sentence that DNA evidence proved he was innocent and he was released.

Steven Avery (Credit: The Innocence Project)
Steven Avery (Credit: The Innocence Project)

After his release in 2003, Avery filed a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County and received a small fraction of this as a settlement.


Two years later, Avery was convicted of Halbach's murder and sentenced to life without parole.

The Netflix series, which covers Avery's 2007 murder trial, has garnered international attention for the case and brought new evidence to light.

Viewers learnt about witness coercion and tampering with evidence on behalf of Manitowoc County, who Avery believes framed him for the murder as payback for suing them in 2003.

Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, is also serving time for the murder.

Avery's appeal in 2019

In 2019, Kathleen Zellner, who featured in the second season of Making a Murderer, stepped up her efforts to fight for her client's justice.

In February 2019, Avery won a motion to appeal in a Wisconsin circuit court, which meant that the court would reexamine the case.

Zellner's appeal argued that the bones discovered in the gravel pit on the Avery property, believed to be Halbach's, had been mishandled by authorities when they were given to the victim's family in 2011, without notifying the defence.

In August 2019, the defence's bid for a new trial was rejected in the circuit court, meaning Zellner and her team had to continue to pursue their appeal in Wisconsin's appellate court.

Unlike the circuit (district) court, an appellate court doesn't retry cases, hear witness statements, see new evidence, or have a jury. Instead, it reviews the procedures and decisions made in the original case to ensure the legal proceedings were fair and the law was applied correctly.

What is Steven Avery's net worth?

Due to the popularity of the true crime series Making A Murderer comes, Google searches around Steven Avery's net worth have soared.

In 2003, he sued Manitowoc County for wrongful conviction and won a $400,000 settlement. Despite being in prison since 2005, it's estimated that Steven Avery is now worth a bit more than that and The Wealth Record has put his net worth at around $500,000 in 2021.

When is Making A Murderer season 3?

At the end of the second season of Making A Murderer, Zellner made two of the biggest discoveries in the case so far:

  1. Zellner gets permission to experiment with evidence in hope that she'll prove evidence was planted to frame Avery. An expert from Wisconsin State Crime Lab testified and said he couldn't conclusively link the gun found at Avery's property to Halbach's murder.
  2. Zellner finds thousands of images of pornography and violence towards woman on Dassey's older brother, Bobby Dassey's, computer. She insists he should be considered a suspect.

Since then, fans wonder (and hope) if there will be a third instalment of the true crime series.

Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos did tell Cosmopolitan in 2018 that it could definitely be on the cards.

And with such a revelation from Avery's lawyer in April 2021, it's hard to imagine there won't be a Making a Murderer season three.

Are Steven Avery's parents still alive?

Steven Avery's mother, Dolores Avery, sadly passed away on 8th July 2021. His father, Allen Avery, is still alive and well as far as we know.

Steven has always had the support of his parents and they both were visiting him regularly until lockdown.

Does Steven Avery have a girlfriend?

Steven Avery has managed to keep up a dating life despite serving a life sentence in prison.

Long before the Halbach case, Avery was married to Lori Mathiesen, who he had four children with. They divorced while he was in prison for a rape case, which he was wrongfully convicted for.

Season 1 makes reference to Avery's previous marriage to Mathiesen. Throughout the docuseries, we meet Avery's more recent partners - Jodi Stachowski, Sandy Greenman and Lynn Hartman.

Stachowski was in prison herself for drink-driving when they met, which was around the time of Halbach's death. Once she left prison, Stachowski was involved in the filming of the documentary and continued to back Avery's claims that he was innocent. That is, until January 2016, when she changed her mind and said that he wasn't.

Later on in the series, we meet Sandy Greenman, who started writing to Avery in prison after watching his trial being covered on TV. Sandy began visiting Avery in prison while her husband at the time was suffering from dementia and Parkinson's disease.

After her husband's death in April 2008, Greenman's relationship with Avery grew and they eventually got engaged. But Greenman broke off the engagement in January 2016.

In September 2016, Avery got engaged to legal secretary, Lynn Hartman. Just over a week later, Avery broke off the engagement, claiming that Hartman was in the relationship for the money.

No new relationships have been confirmed since Avery broke off his engagement with Hartman. But Greenman stays in touch with Avery, upholding the belief that he is innocent. She regularly updates her social media followers about Avery.

Has Steven Avery ever confessed to killing Theresa Halbach?

Steven Avery has always upheld his innocence in the case.

In late 2019, another inmate confessed to the murder of Teresa Halbach while talking to the documentary producers. But the legitimacy of the confession wasn't confirmed.

What happened to Brendan Dassey?

Brendan Dassey has, like his uncle, always pleaded innocent and the documentary has brought international attention and support to his case.

His lawyer, Laura Nirider, tweeted in January 2021, "Five years after #MakingAMurderer, your commitment hasn't wavered a bit. Neither has ours."

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, True Crime, Documentaries, Steven Avery, Making A Murderer, Netflix

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