Making A Murderer’s Steven Avery: Kathleen Zellner Plans New DNA Tests To Prove Innocence
Kathleen Zellner, lawyer for Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery, hopes that through efforts she is making, her client will be able to go free.Advertisement
Avery was convicted and given life in prison without parole in 2007 for the killing of photographer Teresa Halbach.
With new evidence Zellner said she has found, Avery believes he will be a free man soon.
As reported by the New York Times, Zellner said she will be filing a motion next week to gain access to the DNA sample gathered from the crime scene, which subsequently formed the basis for Avery’s conviction. Zellner said she will be ordering new tests that were not possible during the trial.
Through new evidence, Zellner hopes she will be able to exonerate Avery.
On August 12, the conviction of Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, was overturned, which has resulted in a significant renewal of public interest in the case. Federal Judge William E. Duffin ruled Dassey’s conviction as unlawful because the then 16 year old was coerced into a confession.
Avery’s appeal will be filed on August 29. As reported by the International Business Times, speaking about it Avery said, “I’m going to be free. I thought sooner or later (this day) would (come), The truth is coming out.”
Prosecutors have cited evidence including Avery’s blood in Halbach’s car found on his salvage yard and his DNA on Halbach’s car key found in his bedroom to tie him to the killing. However, Zellner said the tests she will be ordering could prove that evidence was planted.
Zellner echoed the same in a couple of tweets she recently published. In one of these she wrote, “Brendan’s opinion shows cops made up crime story. Steven’s will show cops made up crime evidence.@MakingAMurderer @Endinsight”; while on the other, she noted, “Justice for Brendan as another LE fabricated confession bites the dust. Convicting the innocent foiled by unbiased court.@MakingAMurderer.”