Steven Avery has an airtight alibi on the day that Teresa Halbach was murdered, according to his wrongful conviction attorney, Kathleen Zellner. The lawyer took to social media on Sunday to share the new information.
USA Today reports that on Sunday, the Chicago-based attorney tweeted that Avery’s cell phone records show that on the day Halbach disappeared, he never left his property. However, Halbach, according to Zellner, did leave the property, which puts a hole in the prosecution’s allegations that Halbach was murdered while taking photos of a vehicle on Avery’s property.
Zellner didn’t state how the cell phone records lead to an airtight alibi for Avery. It was already known that he spoke to his former fiance around the time that Halbach was murdered in 2005, but the information goes along with the story Avery told reporters. He claimed that Halbach was indeed on his property to take photographs of his sister’s van, but that the freelance photographer left right after she finished taking pictures.
During Avery’s 2007 trial, cell phone records were discussed, yet Complex reports that the incoming and outgoing calls were brought up, but not the location data of the phones. Phone companies provided information about Halbach’s calls during the trial, but new information from the region’s cell phone towers may provide a more accurate analysis of what really happened the day she went missing.
Of course, location data doesn’t necessarily mean that Halbach herself left the property, as someone could have taken her phone from her. It also doesn’t prove that Avery never left his property, as he could have left his phone behind. Yet, many internet web sleuths are quickly pointing out that the successful Zellner, who’s overturned dozens of wrongful convictions, more than likely thoroughly researched the information before publicly tweeting about it.
Additionally, others point out that it would make no sense for Avery to leave his own property with Halbach’s cell phone just to place her remains in different locations, yet leave most of her body in his own fire pit. Furthermore, although cell phone location tracing is common knowledge today, in 2005, most of the public didn’t know that phones could be located via location data, and in turn, those committing crimes more than likely wouldn’t think to create “cell phone location data alibi.”
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Zellner’s tweet is the latest in a series of brief messages she’s been sharing on her social media account since she took on the Avery case. Previous tweets hinted at Manitowoc authorities hiding and planting evidence, witnesses lying during the murder trial, and a juror at the trial who already made up her mind that Avery was guilty. These hints are all a part of Zellner’s plan to expose the “real killer” and exonerate Avery.
Meanwhile, Jerome Buting, Avery’s former attorney who defended him during the 2007 murder trial, is writing his own book about the Making a Murderer case. Book publisher HarperCollins announced on Monday that Buting’s book, which will go over the “dysfunction” of the U.S. legal system, is scheduled for release next year. Buting, along with defense lawyer Dean Strang, became famous after vigorously defending Avery. Although he was ultimately convicted of Halbach’s murder, Avery maintains his innocence.
Steven Avery is currently awaiting an appeal hearing, which may come as early as next month. The prosecution has until March 11 to submit their arguments stating his case shouldn’t be overturned.
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