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Making A Murderer: Steven Avery's Lawyers Accuse State Of Wisconsin Of 'Withholding' Crucial Evidence In New Letter

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Making A Murderer: Steven Avery's Lawyers Accuse State Of Wisconsin Of 'Withholding' Crucial Evidence In New Letter

Steven Avery's lawyers have once again called for his case to go back court after a new witness came to light.

Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, are serving life sentences for the death of Teresa Halbach in 2005 but recent witness evidence, which emerged earlier this month, could clear their names once and for all.

Now, in new documents filed on Friday, Avery's lawyers Kathleen Zellner and Steven G. Richards, have accused the State of Wisconsin of 'withholding' crucial evidence in the case.

They said: "It is the State's pattern of concealing and withholding exculpatory evidence that has forced Mr. Avery to delay his appeal numerous times. Already, delaying his request for a new trial and eventual freedom."

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Teresa Halbach was last seen alive in October 2005 (Credit: Netflix)
Teresa Halbach was last seen alive in October 2005 (Credit: Netflix)

It comes after a new witness claims they saw Avery's nephew Bobby Dassey and another, older man with a Toyota RAV-4, near the site of Halbach's murder which gained global attention thanks to Netflix's hit documentary Making A Murderer.

In the 11-page court document filed 12th April 2021, a delivery driver named as Thomas Sowinski delivered papers to the Avery Salvage Yard in the early hours of 5th November 2005 where he saw Bobby and an "unidentified older male" pushing a Toyota RAV-4 towards the Avery Salvage Yard.

Teresa Halbach was last seen alive on 31st October 2005 and her mother reported her missing on 3rd November. Teresa's RAV-4 was found two days later at the Avery Salvage Yard and on the 8th November bones and teeth were found in a burn pit.

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Zellner recently brought Avery's case to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals after his bid for a new trial was rejected by the circuit court in August 2019.

Kathleen Zellner is one of Steven Avery's lawyers (Credit: Netflix)
Kathleen Zellner is one of Steven Avery's lawyers (Credit: Netflix)

When Avery was sentenced in 2007 he had already served 18 years in prison for a sexual assault crime he did not commit. He was freed due to DNA evidence in 2003.

Avery's life and his court cases have been covered across two seasons of Netflix's hit docu-series Making a Murder, which left many viewers convinced that Avery and Dassey had been wrongfully convicted for Halbach's murder.

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Bobby Dassey was named by the new witness (Credit: Netflix)
Bobby Dassey was named by the new witness (Credit: Netflix)

Regarding the next steps, Avery's appeal - and the arguments for and against - is being deliberated by a judge who will decide if Avery should be offered a new trial.

If this fails, the defence could even escalate Avery's case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

If Zellner's appeal wins Avery a second trial and it is successful, it will be the second time he has been exonerated from prison which would make for a very interesting third season of Making a Murder.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, True Crime, Documentaries, Steven Avery, Netflix

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