‘Making a Murderer’ subject Steven Avery has ‘airtight alibi,’ lawyer says
There’s another twist in the saga of Making a Murderer‘s Steven Avery. His lawyer is now claiming he has an “airtight alibi.”
In a tweet posted by Kathleen Zellner she said, “Cellphone tower records of SA & TH provide airtight alibi for him. She left property he didn’t.”
The “she” Zellner is referring to is Teresa Halbach, the 25-year-old photographer who Avery was convicted of killing. He’s currently serving a life sentence (without the possibility for parole) for the crime.
The 53-year-old has long claimed Halbach left his home after taking photographs of him, and that he was nowhere near her when she was killed.
Since she took over his case in January, Zellner has been working hard to poke holes in the prosecution’s case, citing the inadequacy of existing evidence, and questioning why further investigation hasn’t been conducted on other suspects. Zellner is known for successfully fighting wrongful convictions, and has at least 16 under her belt.
In January, she spent three days publicly sharing information in an attempt to disprove specific information used by the prosecution.
She even noticed a mistake in a New Yorker article about the case, highlighting the fact that there is no DNA in sweat.
Avery said in legal documents made available to TMZ that the search that 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.
What’s more, in a rare interview with TheLipTV, Zellner explained she “intends to prove” who killed Halbach, and that it’s “fairly obvious” who did it if you review the evidence in the criminal case.
“It’s the evidence,” she asserted to TheLipTV. “In having had a number of these cases, it has the signature of a wrongful conviction case. They only focused on him. They did not look at a lot of other suspects, certainly some very key people they should have been looking at. There was a very poor investigation done of the victim’s background, who she was involved with, the circumstances of her life. It had all of the hallmarks of a wrongful conviction case.”
Netflix’s Making a Murderer is a 10-part documentary series that follows the case of Wisconsin native Avery. 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 the investigators and police in the case planted evidence and otherwise manipulated the outcome of the trial.
With files from Chris Jancelewicz
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