Armchair lawyers across the country think Making A Murderer’s Steven Avery is innocent, and his new lawyer isn’t shy about sharing new information that may prove he was framed for Teresa Halbach’s murder.
Kathleen Zellner, famous for overturning wrongful convictions, says her new mounting pile of evidence will prove Avery is innocent if she goes to trial.
A mountain of Public Information requests and a new lawyer means the army of Internet sleuths created by the hit Netflix docuseries Making A Murderer may soon see another Steven Avery trial.
Avery’s Airtight Alibi
The latest evidence uncovered by Zellner, Avery’s new lawyer, suggests cell phone tower records may prove his innocence. With a Sunday night tweet, Zellner announced new evidence she said would give Steven an “airtight” alibi.
New records uncovered from nearby cell phone towers apparently prove Steven and Halbach weren’t together at the time of the murder; she left, he didn’t. If that’s true, it could punch a hole in allegations the photographer was murdered on Avery’s property, reports the Independent.
Halbach Death Certificate
Last week, Uproxx’s Freedom of Information requests lead to the discovery of a deeply flawed Halbach death certificate.
On the death certificate, the coroner indicates there is a body, but no autopsy was performed. The word undetermined is crossed out under cause of death and the box marked homicide is checked.
Also, in a curious set of circumstances, the death certificate is dated Dec. 5, but authorities didn’t identify Halbach’s bones until Jan. 19.
Zellner, Avery’s new lawyer, says these flaws point to a conspiracy by local officials to rush Steven’s arrest and blame him unfairly for Halbach’s murder.
Luminol Blood Testing
Previously, Zellner announced her new plan to use luminol to prove Avery was innocent of killing Halbach.
Luminol is used to detect blood that can’t be seen during a visual examination; if used properly, the test would show Halbach wasn’t killed in Steven’s garage or his trailer as prosecutors insist, reports Global News.
“We are confident Mr. Avery’s conviction will be vacated when we present the new evidence and results of our work to the appropriate court.”
Zellner said she plans to bring Steven’s appeal to court as soon as next month.
Killer would not reduce body to bone fragments to destroy evidence but leave car intact w/his blood. #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) February 19, 2016
Mapping The Crime
A new map lets fans of Making A Murderer trace the evidence for themselves. Hugo Garcia and Paola Falero from Ogilvy created an online map using locations, photos, and evidence from the trial so fans can walk themselves through the case and decide if Steven Avery is guilty or innocent.
Steven was jailed in 1985 for the sexual assault and murder of which he was later found to be innocent. After his release from prison, Avery filed a $36 million lawsuit for his wrongful conviction, but was arrested for Halbach’s death before key testimony could be taken.
The Netflix docuseries Making A Murderer that questioned Steven’s innocence was hugely popular and created an army of armchair detectives who flooded Manitowoc County with public information requests.
In other Making A Murderer news, Jerome Buting, one of Avery’s defense lawyers, is teaming with Harper publishing to release a book about Steven’s case, reports People.
“Beyond the Netflix documentary, there is much more to say about the Avery investigation and trial.”
Buting and co-counsel Dean Strang are planning a North America tour to discuss Avery’s case and its ramifications on the American justice system.
Meanwhile, Netflix and Making A Murderer producers are in talks for a second season.
What do you think? Does this new evidence mean Steven Avery is innocent?
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