‘Making A Murderer:’ Top Evidences Proving Steven Avery Was Framed
Some of the evidences that led to the conviction of Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery for the killing of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach included human bones, a spare car key and blood droplets discovered inside the victim’s vehicle.Advertisement
In last week’s filing in Manitowoc County Circuit Court Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s attorney, said that “additional testing could once again definitively prove Mr. Avery’s innocence and exonerate him for a crime he did not commit.”
Making a Murderer: Det. Colborn says Zellner’s claims are ‘ludicrous’
Avery is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of Halbach. Zellner wants additional scientific testing to be done, as reported by Post Crescent.
However, Detective Andrew Colborn has criticized the attorney’s claim regarding the discovery of Halbach’s car. According to Zellner, the victim’s car was seized by the detective on November 3, 2005, two days before it was officially found. To this, Colborn responded by saying Zellner’s claims were “as ludicrous as anything else she’s come up with, and beyond that.”
Speaking exclusively with In Touch, Colborn further emphasized on the “airtight case against Mr. Avery” adding that Zellner’s claims did not come as a shock.
“I’m not surprised at all,” Colborn said. “The war against law enforcement continues and I’m not surprised at all.”
Among the items that Zellner wants tested are blood droplets found in Halbach’s RAV4, which were found on November 7, 2005, in the state crime laboratory. These marks found in front of the vehicle were identified as Avery’s. However, Zellner said that the blood was intentionally planted in Halbach’s car to tie Avery to the crime.
Making a Murderer: Kathleen Zellner seeking additional testing
Eight latent fingerprints were lifted from Halbach’s vehicles. These prints did not match either Avery or his nephew Brendan Dassey, who was convicted for acting as his uncle’s accomplice in the crime. According to Zellner’s motion, “Mr. Avery is requesting that a comparison be performed of the fingerprint standards of Officer Colborn and Lenk to any unidentified fingerprints on the victim’s vehicle.”
Zellner is also seeking DNA and trace evidence testing on the broken blinker light, which came from the driver’s side of Halbach’s vehicle (the damage to the front end of the vehicle was downplayed during the initial trial in 2007).
Similar testing is sought for the lug wrench that was discovered inside Halbach’s vehicle, which was downplayed during the 2007 murder trial. While it is believed the killer handled the object, it was not subjected to DNA testing.
Some of the other items for which Zellner seeks testing include the driver’s seat, prop bar to hold up hood, and interior hood release, all of which the attorney claims did not undergo DNA testing.