The lawyer for Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery, Kathleen Zellner, said that new evidence in the form of mobile records proves that her client has an “airtight alibi.”
In a video taken in 2005, Avery can be heard saying that Teresa Halbach, who went missing on Halloween 2005 and whose murder Avery has been charged with, left the Avery Salvage Yard after taking pictures. According to the phone records, Halbach was out of Avery’s property when her phone could not connect with the towers. Zellner highlighted this in a tweet, saying, “Cellphone tower records of SA & TH provide airtight alibi for him. She left property he didn’t.”
Meanwhile, several inconsistencies were cited in Halbach’s death certificate. According to the Huffington Post, while the original cause of death was “undetermined,” it was later crossed out. The date and time of the autopsy conducted, the certificate says, was before the remains of Halbach were found – it was as far as six weeks prior to the DNA evidence used in the case was confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The certificate also declares the victim dead on November 10, a day after Avery was charged with murder; and a day after the bone fragments were received by the Calumet County coroner.
Avery was convicted of Halbach’s murder in 2007. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Making a Murderer directors, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, say they are looking to create a second season of the show, and that they have spoken to Zellner about it.
“From our perspective this story is obviously not over,” the directors said. “It’s real life and (Avery and Dassey’s) cases are both still pending.”
Zellner, who has questioned the evidence used to put her client behind bars, argues that it doesn’t make sense for the killer to destroy the body of Halbach – reported missing on November 3, 2005, according to local newspaper reports – and yet be careless and leave his traces elsewhere.