Steven Avery sends message to supporters: ‘I am innocent’
Steven Avery is not going down without a fight.
The man convicted of murder has reached out to his supporters from prison, via his new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner. The subject of Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer sent a letter to his fans, assuring them of his innocence.
Zellner posted the letter to her Twitter account, and said that Avery is “thrilled” about the chance of new forensic testing.
Netflix’s Making a Murderer is a 10-part documentary series that follows the case of 53-year-old Wisconsin native Avery. He is serving a life sentence (without the possibility for parole) for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer. Avery, who had previously been jailed for 18 years for a sexual assault in 1985, was exonerated in that case by newly discovered DNA evidence in 2003.
Two years later, Avery brought a US$36-million lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Wis., for the wrongful conviction. The series calls into question the investigation and trial that put Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, behind bars, and alleges that the investigators and police in the case planted evidence and otherwise manipulated the outcome of the trial.
Now, with Zellner working to free Avery from prison, millions of supporters from around the world have joined the cause. Zellner claims she’s overturned more wrongful convictions than any other private U.S. attorney. In a statement, her firm boldly says it’s “looking forward to adding Mr. Avery to its long list of wrongful conviction exonerations.”
Avery said in legal documents made available to TMZ that the search of his property and home — which ultimately produced incriminating evidence, including blood stains and the key to Halbach’s vehicle — was illegal. Avery asserts that the scope of the search exceeded the limits set by the search warrant. He believes that Halbach’s vehicle was not properly sealed at the scene, allowing police to potentially plant evidence to convict him.
Zellner is committed to her client’s case, and won’t stop until Avery walks out of prison a free man.
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