An important and significant piece of evidence against Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery was the victim Teresa Halbach’s car key discovered in Avery’s bedroom floor.
The evidence, found during the seventh attempt of searching Avery’s trailer, was discovered by Lieutenant James Lenk of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. While the discovery was made without the presence of another officer, one question in a lot of people’s minds is how the key – found in plain sight beside a pair of slippers – was missed in prior searches.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the key fell out of a bookcase after Manitowoc Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Colborn had shaken it roughly.
Speaking about the evidence, Sandy Greenman, who previously was Avery’s fiancé, noted the alleged anomaly. “It was the seventh search – and keys which drop out of from behind a cabinet would have dropped straight down. But that key flew – right by the slippers where there would be [Avery’s] DNA. Perfect.”
This aspect of the case has gotten a lot of people talking and has also raised significant questions. One Reddit user points out, saying, “If the key was behind the bookcase, did it fall underneath the slipper when it fell out from the ‘violent’ shaking? Of course not, that would be impossible right?”
The same user notes that “If the slippers were moved first and the key was already there, there would be no reason to shake the bookcase, but we know the key wasn’t already there because Colburn said he violently shook the case and then the key fell out.”
The key did not contain Halbach’s fingerprints. “There was no DNA on the key except Steven’s DNA. If [Teresa Halbach] had touched the key at all, her DNA would be there. It wasn’t which means it was wiped clean,” Greenman said.
Another Reddit user highlights that it wouldn’t be unusual for Avery to have keys lying around, considering the fact that he “lived in a junkyard full of cars, and he lived among his family members who all had their own vehicles.”
“So then, why does a key suddenly represent important evidence?” the user writes. “Instead, wouldn’t the normal reaction be to see if the key matched the make of the vehicle and then wonder if it MIGHT be ‘the’ key?”