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Making A Murderer: Kathleen Zellner Gives Update In Steven Avery's Ongoing Murder Appeal

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Making A Murderer: Kathleen Zellner Gives Update In Steven Avery's Ongoing Murder Appeal

Steven Avery's attorney Kathleen Zellner has given fans an update after a series of setbacks in his ongoing appeal.

Steven's case shot to fame after Netflix's documentary series Making a Murderer shone a spotlight on events leading up to his conviction for the murder of a photographer in 2005.

Steven, 59, is serving life in prison for killing Teresa Halbach, 25, which he denies.

He has always maintained his innocence and, with the backing of Zellner, is fighting for a re-trial.

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However the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by Steven to review his conviction in the hopes of having it overturned.

Steven Avery is appealing his conviction for the murder of Teresa Hallbach (Credit: Netflix)
Steven Avery is appealing his conviction for the murder of Teresa Hallbach (Credit: Netflix)

The latest appeal requested the court review three issues regarding the case; failure to disclose evidence, destruction of bone fragments and ineffective assistance of counsel.

Steven’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, 32, was also convicted for this murder.

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On Friday Kathleen took to Twitter to give an update, outlining her future plans for Steven including a habeas petition - used to bring a prisoner or detainee before the court to determine if the person’s imprisonment is lawful, and a new petition with the circuit court on evidence appellate court, or the court of appeals.

Kathleen Zellner tweeted an updated after Wisconsin Supreme Court denied review request (Credit: Twitter)
Kathleen Zellner tweeted an updated after Wisconsin Supreme Court denied review request (Credit: Twitter)

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.

“Steven is just beginning,” Kathleen said. “What lies ahead —a habeas petition w/ fed. court,a new petition w/circuit court on evidence appellate ct. left undecided, a new reward offer by our amazing benefactor. 

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“We’ve just finished warming up in the first inning.”

The Netflix show raised several questions over the fairness of their convictions, leaving many believing they were wrongfully sent down.

Kathleen Zellner, Avery's lawyer (Credit: Netflix)
Kathleen Zellner, Avery's lawyer (Credit: Netflix)

Steven believes that the police framed him for the murder of Teresa after he sued them for wrongful conviction in 2003. In 2019, Avery's appeal for a new trial was rejected.

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In April this year, Kathleen accused the state of Wisconsin of 'withholding' crucial evidence in a letter after new witnesses came forward.

This followed a new court filing, also in April, which stated that a delivery driver came forward and said he saw Bobby Dassey with an unidentified, bearded man in his 50s-60s pushing a Toyota RAV-4 (the model Teresa 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.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV And Film, Making A Murderer, Netflix, News

Gregory Robinson
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