Making a Murderer: Judge orders new tests on evidence that could help Steven Avery’s case
New developments have taken place in the ongoing Steven Avery court case as Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz has ordered new testing of critical pieces of evidence.
USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports that Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz has ordered new tests on existing evidence in the case. Among these pieces of evidence is a vial said to contain Avery’s blood, which his earlier defence lawyers famously came across in the Neflix series Making A Murderer.
Several items have been ordered for testing, including items linked to Teresa Halbach’s blue-green Toyota RAV4, such as a bloodstain cutting from the car seat and a swab of a bloodstain taken from a CD case.
The spare key for Halbach’s vehicle, which was previously located in Avery’s bedroom by Manitowoc County Sheriff’s deputies, will also be tested again.
Avery’s post-conviction lawyer Kathleen Zellner has already claimed she has a plan to overturn Avery’s murder conviction.
She said: “It’s encouraging that the Attorney General’s Office was so cooperative and helpful in expediting these tests.
“Our experience in our other exonerations is that’s the best attitude in working toward trying to discover anything that gets to the truth.”
Avery was sentenced to life imprisonment, after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Teresa Halbach in 2005.
Last week, the imminent prison release of Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey was blocked. Judge William Duffin ordered Dassey to be freed upon overturning his conviction, but Wisconsin’s attorney general Brad Schimel filed an appeal, which was granted.
No doubt we will be able to watch these developments unfold in full detail when the second series of the Netflix series is released.
Do you think Avery has a chance of walking free?