Steven Avery isn’t the only one claiming he’s innocent for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. One of his twin sons spoke out for the first time and revealed that he thinks his father isn’t responsible.
People reports that Bill Avery, one of Steven Avery’s twin sons, revealed in an interview with Crime Watch Daily that he didn’t think his dad killed Halbach, but indicated that he’s about as close to his father as he is a total stranger. He did admit, though, that he’s interested in knowing about “that side” of himself, referring to understanding his father better.
“I just see him as a complete stranger. I know that he’s my father, but I grew up without a father for so long that it just kind of feels like I don’t have (one).”
Steven Avery’s other twin son, Steven Jr.,who appeared with his brother on the show, isn’t so sure of his dad’s innocence.
“I have no idea. I mean, only one person can answer that and that is Teresa. But she can’t answer it no more.”
Steven Jr. also spoke about not having his dad around. He said that despite not having a father figure in the critical early stages of growing up, he feels his life’s been good. He also touched on watching his family’s life play out in front of the world, and although it’s frustrating, he’s glad others get to see the “bigger picture” of what’s going on.
“It sucks at the same point, but at the same point, I had a good life. I would not trade this life to see where that life led. It sucks having everything out in the open like that. At the same point, it’s good because a lot of people see a little bit of a bigger picture.”
The twins, now adults, are a product of Steven Avery’s relationships with his former wife Lori Mathiesen. While serving his first stint in prison for raping a woman jogger, Mathiesen divorced Avery. He was later exonerated for the rape charge after DNA evidence ruled him out.
Meanwhile, Steven Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, continues her mission to prove her client’s innocence by using luminol on his former home and surrounding property, in search of traces of blood. According to Steven’s brother Earl Avery, the entire house sprayed with the chemical, which can find old blood that’s dried up or cleaned.
Criminal justice professor Nathan Lents, who isn’t involved in the Avery case, said that it’s actually easier to detect older blood using luminol, as the iron stays while other agents that may interfere with the search diminish.
“The degradation that happens in a blood sample over time doesn’t affect the iron. So a luminol test can be used on very old, very dried blood samples and still give a very good positive. In fact, it actually gets better over time because some of the agents that would interfere with the signal get degraded, but the iron doesn’t. Iron doesn’t go anywhere.”
Zellner is testing for blood in an attempt to disprove the prosecution’s argument that Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey raped, tortured, and killed Halbach in the home. If the murder actually took place in Avery’s home, luminol would pick up traces of Halbach’s blood. If Halbach’s blood isn’t found, there’s good reason to argue that the incident didn’t happen as the prosecutors say it did.
Steven Avery is currently serving a life sentence in prison for Halbach’s murder. He continues to proclaim his innocence and according to Zellner, feels optimistic that his case may be overturned.
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