Making A Murderer: Steven Avery A Free Man Soon, Lawyer Says
Making a Murderer protagonist Steven Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, said she is confident that her client will walk out of the prison as a free man.Advertisement
Her confidence was reflected in a series of tweets she posted that highlight how Avery was wrongfully convicted. In her tweets, she questions the evidence used to convict Avery for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. You can read these tweets at the end of the story.
The Huffington Post reports that, according to Halbach, it does not make sense why Avery – convicted in 2007 and sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole – would commit the murder and be careless enough to leave behind traces that could link the crime to him.
The advanced Luminol testing, expected to bring forth new evidence, could spring a new appeal. Speaking about the case, Zellner said, “There was a very poor investigation done of the victim’s background, who she was involved with and circumstances of her life. It had all the hallmarks of a wrongful conviction case and then when I met him I realised in the time I spent with him in 15 or 20 hours, I absolutely don’t believe he committed this murder. I don’t believe he is capable of committing a murder. But that’s not the key thing – it’s the evidence that’s just flawed.”
Meanwhile, the directors of Making a Murderer, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, said that a second series is underway. The duo said they have spoken to Avery and Zellner about it and that there will be a second series as Zellner struggles to prove his innocence. The announcement came during a Stranger Than Fiction panel discussion at New York’s IFC Center on Thursday. The series, streamed on Netflix in 2015, focused on Avery’s conviction for the murder of 2007.
“From our perspective this story is obviously not over,” Ricciardi said, Variety reports. “It’s real life and (Avery’s and Brendan Dassey’s) cases are both still pending. We have no idea when the magistrate will make a decision in Brendan’s case. We do know that two potential outcomes are that the judge could order Brendan’s release or he could order a new trial. So we are on the edge of seats about that. To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this (case).”