The circuit court judge handling the case of Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery has said there is no need for a status hearing.
Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, filed an appeal last month requesting additional testing of evidence. This testing, as noted by Zellner, could prove her client’s innocence.
Last week, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Fallon asked for a hearing to be held in late October or early November, FOX 11 News reports.
Steven Avery release: ‘The court does not see the need for a status conference’
However, Sheboygan County Judge Angela Sutkiewicz said in a letter filed on Monday that a hearing is not required. “It is the court’s understanding that the state needs a reasonable amount of time to locate and inventory the items which are the subject of the defendant’s motion and to determine which items are covered by the April 4, 2007 order of Judge Willis,” the letter reads.
“As required by statute, the court is giving the state an opportunity to respond to the defendant’s motion. The court does not see the need for a status conference,” Sutkiewicz wrote.
Avery was convicted for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. He had previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before, in 2003, he was exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence.
Steven Avery release: Avery engaged to Lynn Hartman
The recent development comes following Avery’s engagement to Las Vegas legal secretary Lynn Hartman. According to Daily Mail, Avery and Hartman have been dating each other for eight months, though the two met only once when Hartman visited him last week.
“I’m happy,” Avery said. “[Hartman] treats me decent, she loves me – she’s kind of spoiling me right now.” He further added, “I just want to be happy and enjoy my life. I think I did enough time.”
As reported by People, Avery was previously married to Lori Mathiesen. The couple, who divorced in 1988, had four children.