Kathleen Zellner, lawyer of Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery, filed a motion last month to have additional testing done using methods not available during the original trial.
According to her latest post on social media (which can be read at the bottom of the story), Zellner said the development has motivated more people to come out and speak about the case.
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As reported by 411 Mania, the tests Zellner is requesting for include radiocarbon testing and “the specific detection of blood, saliva, semen and urine.” These tests, Zellner said, will shed light on where the state’s DNA evidence came from.
According to UPROXX, Zellner’s latest tweet suggests that the people at risk of being uncovered through additional testing are coming out to speak about their side of the story.
Avery was convicted and imprisoned without the possibility of parole for his involvement in the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. He previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before DNA evidence proved he had not committed the crime. Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey, who was 16 at the time, was also convicted for acting as his uncle’s accomplice in the crime.
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A court response for Zellner’s “most comprehensive testing motion ever filed in the state of Wisconsin” is still pending. Following the examinations, which could take up to between three and six months, Zellner said she would be able to prepare a more thorough theory regarding the case that will answer what really happened to Halbach.
Dassey’s conviction was overturned in August. The judge said the conviction was unlawful as the then 16-year-old was coerced into a confession during his interrogation with the police. The state has to decide whether to retry Dassey or not within 60 days.