Lawyer Kathleen Zellner is raising numerous questions regarding the police work and evidence that went into the Steven Avery case; evidence that sent Avery to prison, but according to his lawyer, doesn’t make sense.
Huffpost UK reports that according to Zellner, Avery’s defense attorney, the real murderer involved in the Making a Murderer Netflix docu-series case would have never taken the time to destroy the body of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach, and then leave such sloppy evidence.
For instance, the attorney sent out a tweet message stating that the killer would have never reduced Halbach’s “body to bone fragments,” yet completely miss the blood in the car, as well as leaving the car intact and in the same condition.
Zellner also pointed out that police said Halbach’s throat was slashed and she was shot in the head, but authorities are maintaining that Avery put her into her Rav 4 and drove her to a pit to burn her, yet left her vehicle intact with her blood in it, which according to Zellner, wouldn’t make sense if the killer went to the extremes of burning her body.
Avery is currently serving a life prison for the 2005 murder of Halbach. Zellner was recently hired on as his defense attorney after reviewing the case file and finding numerous red flags with the Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, police investigation tactics, key evidence, and more.
While searching Avery’s property, a large area filled with used cars and parts, authorities found Halbach’s remains, along with her red Toyota Rav4. They also found some of her remains in a quarry, miles away from the Avery property. Many people who’ve watched Making a Murderer and began following case are questioning why Avery would take Halbach to a quarry located miles away from his property to burn her remains, only to return her back to his property and place her in a fire pit. This question is among the many being asked by websleuths across the internet who’ve been finding holes in the case.
In regards to Zellner’s questions about the blood being left Halbach’s vehicle, defense theories speculate that Avery’s blood was planted in the car after a vial containing his blood was allegedly tampered with. Zellner stated that police simply didn’t do enough work in investigating Halbach’s death because they focused all of their energy and resources solely on Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey.
“There was a very poor investigation done of the victim’s background, who she was involved with and circumstances of her life. It had all the hallmarks of a wrongful conviction case and then when I met him I realized in the time I spent with him in 15 or 20 hours, I absolutely don’t believe he committed this murder. I don’t believe he is capable of committing a murder. But that’s not the key thing – it’s the evidence that’s just flawed.”
Meanwhile, former Great Falls police detective John Cameron agrees with Zellner that Avery is innocent and has his own theory as to who really took Halbach’s life.
Cameron, the author of It’s Me: The Serial Killer You Never Heard Of, thinks that the subject of his book, convicted serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards, was the person responsible for Halbach’s death. Edwards, a career criminal with a rap sheet that extends back to 1945, was arrested in 2009 in connection with the murders of Tim Hack and Kelly Drew. He wasn’t incarcerated in 2005 when the Halbach murder took place, and many of the telltale signs of his previous charges correlated with the evidence found in the case.
Although he tried unsuccessfully to prove to Manitowoc police that Edwards was the culprit, Zellner showed interest in learning more about the serial killer and how he fits into the case, per Cameron.
“Kathleen Zellner is actually mentioned in my book. She has represented other clients that Edwards set up for Halloween murders and has gotten them off.”
Zellner filed an appeal on behalf of Steven Avery last month. She’s confident that she can get the case overturned.
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