Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery has openly criticized his former lawyers in a letter.
In the handwritten letter, Avery blames his former lawyers Dean Strang and Jerome Buting as they “didn’t do no investigation on this case, if they did I would not be in prison.”
In the letter, which was sent to In Touch, Avery says the lawyers are “bad attorneys.”
The letter lists 15 reasons why his attorneys did not do an effective job and why he should be exonerated.
Avery previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before DNA evidence exonerated him in 2003. Two years later, in 2005, he was arrested for the killing of photographer Teresa Halbach. He is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. His nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also convicted for acting as his uncle’s accomplice in the crime.
Avery says in the letter that Strang and Buting did not call in forensic experts to assess, for example, the blood that was found in Halbach’s car. A court ordered FBI test was conducted on the blood sample, but the results that came back showed no sign of chemicals added to it to inhibit clotting.
As reported by Daily Mail, Strang later said, “We had no chance at that point to do independent testing, or even to react terribly well to it.”
While the lawyers blamed the police for planting Halbach’s car keys in Avery’s home, Avery wrote that the lawyers did not make enough efforts to disprove the explanation of the police, which, as In Touch notes, could have been achieved by a re-enactment.
Moreover, the report of the incident said that five burn barrels were found on or near the property of Avery’s family; however, he hints at an online theory according to which there were six burn barrels.
“Dean and Jerome are Bad Attorneys,” Avery wrote. “They don’t now what Justice is and they don’t now what is a investigation is because if they did they would have done it for a innocent man like me!!!”