Tricia Bushnell spoke about filing an appeal to have Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix’s massively popular series Making a Murderer, exonerated.
Bushnell, who is with the Midwest Innocence Project, talked about joining Avery’s legal team. She said they are preparing to file an appeal to free him from prison.
“It’s very clear – his innocence, in all of the information that’s been out there in the public,” Bushnell said, speaking with 41 Action News.
Avery previously spent 18 years in prison for a sexual assault charge before, in 2003, DNA evidence proved he had not committed the crime. In 2005, the 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach was murdered; and Avery was arrested as the prime suspect. His nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also taken into custody for assisting his uncle in the crime.
Bushnell has worked in Wisconsin, the same state where Avery is serving his life in prison sentence, prior to joining the Midwest Innocence Project. She also holds a license to practice law in the state.
Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner has said in the past that she has evidence that could prove her client’s innocence, as reported by Newsweek. She recently took to social media to announce she has a “tsunami of evidence” that could free Avery from prison, as previously reported by Morning News USA.
Zellner also said that Avery was framed by the authorities. The evidence, she said, was planted at his house, and no one else but the police had access to the evidence. She is also critical about the fact that only Avery’s family were suspected of the crime and not the other people living in the area.
Zellner is an expert in wrongful conviction cases. As reported by Female First, she has 17 exonerations in wrongful conviction cases to her name. She has partnered with Bushnell for Avery’s case. Meanwhile, Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider have teamed up for Dassey’s case.
“We are feeling very confident that we are collecting all those parts to present,” Bushnell said. Despite not being able to disclose the particulars about the case, she said she plans to file an appeal next month.