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24th Nov 2016

Making a Murderer: Judge orders reexamination of Steven Avery evidence

A potentially huge breakthrough.

Paul Moore

Three months after Steven Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, announced that she had a plan to overturn his 2007 conviction, there has been a significant breakthrough.

USA Today Network-Wisconsin are reporting that an agreement to start independent scientific testing on several critical pieces of evidence has been signed.

The evidence that will be tested includes a vial of blood that’s said to be a sample of Avery’s own blood.

As told in the Netflix documentary ‘Making A Murderer’, Avery was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.

Zellner has spoken about what looks like it could be a very encouraging development, revealing that Avery is now looking forward to a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ after serving the best part of three decades behind bars.

The news comes as Brendan Dassey, Avery’s nephew, saw his potential release from prison blocked by a US federal court.

Dassey had been handed a life sentence in relation to the death of journalist Teresa Halbach – the crime for which Avery was also imprisoned in 2007 – but his conviction was overturned this year after a judge ruled that his confession was involuntary due to a parent or adult not being present with him at the time.

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