The lawyer for Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery has until Monday, August 29, to file a motion in the case.
Among other things, Kathleen Zellner plans to request access to DNA evidence collected from the scene and order new testing that was not available at the time of the original trial.
On August 25, several supporters and members of the media descended outside a Manitowoc courtroom, FOX 6 Now reports. Zellner’s deadline to file a motion in Avery’s case is Monday.
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Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted for the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach. Both were sentenced to life in prison.
“We’re going to be finding out something soon and I just try to be optimistic about that,” Tracie Strunsee, who supports Avery, said, as reported by WEAU. “I have trust in [Zellner]; she’s an amazing attorney. She knows what she’s doing, so I have trust in her. It would be nice if we could find out something now, but we waited this long. If we have to wait a little bit longer, it’s not that big of a deal.”
As reported by Post Crescent, on August 12, a federal judge overturned the conviction of Dassey who was found guilty for assisting his uncle in the crime. The judge said Dassey’s conviction was unlawful as he had been coerced into a confession during his interrogation with the police, Morning News USA previously reported.
Zellner maintains that Avery was a victim of an improper police investigation. “There is evidence that already exists in the case that points to a different location and a different suspect,” Zellner said, as reported by the Post Crescent. “We’ve got a combination of forensic evidence and a tip from somebody that we’ve interviewed multiple times that we think is credible.”
A motion by Zellner is currently being processed and finalized but has not been officially submitted, according to the Manitowoc County Court Clerk.