The case of Steven Avery, whose conviction has been covered in the docuseries Making a Murderer, is seeing new developments.
Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has asked the court to extend the time for filing the brief by 90 days – until August 29, 2016.
The document titled “Motion to extend the time for filing defendant-appellant’s brief,” (read the document here) submitted by Zellner and Tricia Bushnell, states that the record in the case in question was filed on April 20, 2016.
While the brief is due on May 31, 2016 (40 days thereafter), the document states that “despite diligent and extensive efforts, commencing even before the record was sent to this Court, additional time is necessary for undersigned counsel to complete their review of the record and draft a brief.”
It goes on to say that while the counsel has worked diligently in the case, “additional responsibilities” require additional time to prepare the brief in the case. The document further lists several cases that Avery’s defense counsel has been working on.
In its conclusion, it requests that the defense team be granted “an extension of time until Monday, August 29, 2016,” which will allow them “sufficient time to complete the brief.” If the odds work in Avery’s favor, he could be released on bond while pursuing a new trial.
Avery previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge. However, DNA evidence proved that he had not committed the crime; and was thereby exonerated in 2003. Soon thereafter, he was convicted for the 2005 killing of the 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach, who had visited the Avery Salvage Yard to take a picture of a van for the Auto Trader magazine, as previously reported by Morning News USA.
The official family operated Facebook group of Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey – who has been convicted for acting as his uncle’s accomplice in the crime – can be accessed here.