The first installment of the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer aired way back in 2015, but it seems like no one can stop talking about Steven Avery. Did he commit murder, or was he wrongfully convicted? Fans of the show are eager to find out what new case evidence means. Will his conviction be overturned in 2019? It’s certainly a possibility.
Who is Steven Avery?
The name Steven Avery was mostly unknown to people outside of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin prior to the filming of the Netflix documentary called Making a Murderer. But thanks to the popularity of the murder case against Avery and the question of whether or not he was wrongfully convicted, now he’s a household name.
The craziest thing is that Avery was wrongfully convicted before. After serving 18 years of a 20-year sentence for sexual assault and attempted murder, Avery was exonerated thanks to DNA testing. He filed a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County for the wrongful conviction. While his civil suit was still pending, Avery was arrested and eventually found guilty of murdering Teresa Halbach. But did he really do it? The public isn’t necessarily convinced.
Fresh developments in the Avery case
Steven Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner had an update following the release of the Making a Murderer, Part Two. She told the public that she had hired Dr. Richard Selden, one of the “world’s leading DNA experts.” He offered to test the bones which were found in the Manitowoc County Gravel Pit and release his findings to the court. Supposedly, this would help exonerate Avery if he was innocent.
How could DNA testing on the bones help? Well, Zellner explained that the “State fought [the] idea of [Teresa Halbach] bones” being in the Manitowoc County Gravel Pit. This key piece of evidence helped the State win the guilty conviction.
Will there be DNA testing for the bones?
The findings of Dr. Selden won’t help get Steven Avery released from prison – at least not for now. The motion to submit new DNA testing has been denied by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
But that doesn’t mean Avery’s appeal is getting thrown out. The DNA testing could help the case, but it may not be necessary after all the new evidence Zellner is presenting. The court denied the motion in favor of exploring other evidence first. As Zellner explained to Newsweek, “The appellate court wants to resolve the issues on Avery’s current appeal before the new issue re: bone testing is addressed. The state claims if Avery wins appeal, bone testing may become unnecessary.”
Steven Avery’s new attorney is confident that he’ll get out of jail
Steven Avery’s fight for freedom is never going to end. Every new DNA test, new witness, new case just fuels the effort. We’ll create the biggest court record in America if necessary to free him…just warming up for 2019. #HappyNewYear #WinnersNeverQuit #WorkwithKZ
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 1, 2019
DNA testing on the bones or not, Steven Avery’s attorney is determined to have justice served and see her client released from prison. She took to Twitter to explain why.
“Steven Avery’s fight for freedom is never going to end. Every new DNA test, new witness, new case just fuels the effort.
“We’ll create the biggest court record in America if necessary to free him… just warming up for 2019.”
It may be a long shot, but he’s been released from prison before following the successful proof of innocence using DNA testing. There’s a good chance Steven Avery will be exonerated for the second time in 2019.