‘Making a Murderer’: What’s the Lastest on Steven Avery’s Case?

Netflix’s foray into the true-crime market shows how much insight they have into what the public wants. Shows like Making a Murderer that stick with one murder subject are also popular. No wonder the subject of the show, convicted murderer Steven Avery, has become almost a household name.

The problem with these shows is they take evidence and edit it in a way where it creates a new case for public consumption. Some have criticized Making a Murderer for this very reason and possibly altering public opinion. Also, because only a set number of episodes are made, it leaves out current developments.

What’s the most current news surrounding Avery and his fight against the criminal justice system?

Avery’s defense attorney has become a star in her own right

Even though Avery had two defense attorneys to fight his second conviction (Dean Strang and Jerry Buting), both have since left the case. Avery then hired defense attorney extraordinaire Kathleen Zellner to take over. She’s since developed a new case angle no one thought was possible.

Since Zellner became involved in the second season of Making a Murderer, she’s become just as well known as her new client. We’re also seeing one of the most ace defense attorneys in America if you go by some of the evidence she’s found.

One of the most significant developments is she’s pushing for Avery to get another prison release.

New DNA evidence might free Avery

The chances have grown somewhat in Avery possibly going free for a second time. For many, this is already a bizarre development considering he was previously freed from prison in 2003 for the attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen.

Having it happen twice would be unprecedented in the world of law. A great thing about Making a Murderer, though, is it’s helped viewers question whether our criminal justice system has flaws. If Zellner is able to prove the evidence she’s gathering, she possibly will be able to free Avery eventually.

Late last year, she hired a skilled DNA scientist to do new scientific testing on the bones of what might be Avery’s victim: Teresa Halbach.

An appeals court in Wisconsin knocked down any opportunity for this to happen last December. Nevertheless, Zellner recently received good news.

Avery’s lawyer wins appeal

In the latest news, Zellner won a motion to appeal, so Avery will get his day again in court to argue over the bones given to Teresa Halbach. His lawyer would like to test the bones to determine if they are indeed Halbach’s.

All told, this could still mean Avery’s possible prison release at some indefinite time. It’ll be one of the greatest defense attorney wins since O.J. Simpson if it does happen, not including the surreal aspect of a murder convict being released twice in a lifetime.

Should such a thing happen, it’s unknown how the public would react. In a time when we’re less forgiving for those who commit specific crimes, there’s still enough doubt where Avery would become a pariah for the rest of his life.

Mixed opinion from the public

Steven Avery
Steven Avery | David Trotman-Wilkins/CHICAGO TRIBUNE

What people think of Avery in the court of public opinion seems split down the middle. Some polls think Avery was framed by the police, despite this opinion going by the limited evidence presented on Making a Murderer.

According to ABC News, many now think Avery is absolutely guilty, but his nephew (Brendan Dassey) is innocent. Recent theories suggest maybe Dassey’s brother or step-father were involved.

One thing we can count on is if Avery gets another prison release, he’ll be in huge demand on the talk show circuit. There, he’ll have to explain himself and perhaps change public opinion all over again.