According to the most recent development in the Making a Murderer case, new evidence found suggests the possibility that Steven Avery, accused of Teresa Halbach’s murder, may not have been given a fair chance.
It has been found that Halbach’s death certificate, obtained by Uproxx, contains several disparities and inconsistencies. One of these irregularities found in the death certificate is regarding the discovery of the victim’s body. While under ‘Body Found,’ a ‘No’ has been checked, but under ‘Autopsy Performed,’ a ‘Yes’ has been checked. The certificate also states that the immediate cause of death is ‘undetermined,’ which has been crossed out; furthermore, ‘homicide’ has been checked under manner of death. The bone fragments were received by the Calumet County coroner on November 9, 2005, and the certificate was issued on the 10th. The document can be viewed here.
The documents that reflect a positive identification of the victim were filled out on December 5th, which was six weeks before the bones were positively identified on January 19.
What has also been suggested is that the paperwork may have been rushed to prevent the depositions of District Attorney Denis Vogel and Sheriff Tom Kocourek, both of who were supposed to have their depositions following the issuance of the certificate.
In its conclusion, the report states, “It seems like the paperwork on Halbach’s death certificate was pushed through improperly so charges could be laid. A quick glance into how things were done show a serious lack of professional procedure being followed and a rush to shoehorn Avery as the guilty party.”
Avery is currently serving life in prison for the murder of Halbach. The latest report is yet another piece of evidence that Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, is researching. Her request for an appeal is expected to be heard next month.