A U.S. judge has ordered the release of Making A Murderer’s Brendan Dassey. Now aged 27-years-old, Dassey from Wisconsin, who has learning difficulties, was convicted alongside his uncle Steven Avery for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. They both had been sentenced to life in prison for the murder.
Now that Dassey is set to walk free many people have been asking: “But what about Steven Avery?” His lawyer, Kathleen Zellner has been incredibly vocal over her social media accounts about his exoneration, as she believes her client is just weeks away from release.
Founder of The Steven Avery Project, Curtis Busse, revealed in an interview with WIBX, “We’re not even looking for a new trial, we’re actually looking for an exoneration. (Katherine) Zellner’s very confident and Steven is also very confident that it’s not going to take that much time.”
So how are they so confident? What new evidence could see Avery as a free man – again? Following is the 5 key factors that could help him walk free…
6. Cellphone Records Prove That Teresa Halbach Left The Avery Property Alive
On March 6th, Avery’s lawyer tweeted: “Cellphone records of SA & TH provide airtight alibi for him. She left property he didn’t. #MakingAMurderer #UnmakingAMurderer”. She implies that Halbach’s phone was used after she left her (alleged) place of death. Police arrested Avery as he was the “last person to see her alive” yet if these records are true, Halbach left the Auto Salvage yard and used her phone elsewhere.
5. The Blood Was Not Teresa Halbach’s – And This Time They Can Prove It
The blood found in the car was one of the most damning pieces of evidence prosecutors had to hold onto during the trial. Curtis Busse has since claimed that Avery’s new lawyer is going to prove: “That the blood (in Teresa’s RAV4) and the age of the blood, it’s not going to match up between the two.”
4. The Bones In The Fire Did Not Belong To Teresa Halbach
Crazily enough the bones in the fire that were used as evidence in court to determine whether Teresa’s body was cremated might not actually belong to her – but to a bird.
One Reddit user poured over the images of the bone fragments and discovered that one of the bones is a carpometacarpus bone – a small bone found in a bird’s wing. Here are the images they used for resemblance…
Although the discovery is quite small, it does poke holes in the questionable forensic evidence that was used against Avery. The prosecution put forward the theory that the reason Teresa’s bones were not found after the cremation is that the fire burned so hot only fragments of her DNA left behind.
The argument then stands – if Teresa’s body was burned so much that no bone fragments were left behind then why were the bird bones not also destroyed?
3. Teresa Halbach’s Death Certificate Had Many Errors and Inconsistencies
Just recently Teresa Halbach’s death certificate has been made public. What shocked people was the large amount of inconsistencies, some of which were:
- There’s a ‘no’ in the box for ‘Body Found’, yet there’s a ‘yes’ under ‘Autopsy Performed’.
- The cause of death was ‘Undetermined’ but then this was crossed out.
- The certificate was issued on November 10th but the bone fragments only arrived at the Calumet County Coroner on November 9th so the remains were not officially confirmed until January 19.
2. Does This Photo Taken Of Teresa Halbach On The Day She Died Prove The Key Was Planted?
According to this image posted by a Reddit user which shows Teresa Halbach on the day she went missing, it proves the car key, which was found in Steven Avery’s home, was planted. If we zoom in on the image it shows that she is holding a set of keys…
These are the keys for her own car, a Toyota RAV 4, which was found covered in branches at Avery’s auto salvage yard, six days after she went missing, on November 5th. The picture shows that Teresa had several keys on her chain, yet only one key attached to a fob was found at Avery’s home by the police.
This is also a good time to remind ourselves that on November 8th, when the home was searched, the police had no jurisdiction to be there – further fuelling the belief that they forced their way onto his property to plant this damning evidence.
Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, tweeted on March 2nd: “Easy part: planting evidence. Hard part: avoiding scientific detection 10+ yrs later.#MakingAMurderer #Sciencerules”
1. Members Of The Jury Were Related To Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department Staff
On the date Halbach disappeared on October 31st, Avery had a $36 million lawsuit pending against the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported that the 16 members of the jury for Avery’s trial were:
• Eight men and eight women.
• The average age is 51 years old; only one is under 35.
• The nine jurors who hold jobs included two laborers, a mechanic, a maintenance man, a carpenter, a telephone switchboard operator and a waitress.
Most shockingly, the panel also included a man who had a son working for the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department and a man was married to a woman who works for the Manitowoc County clerk of courts office. Both would have been fully aware jobs may have been on the line if Avery went on to win his $36 million lawsuit. Although this is yet to be included in Avery’s exoneration case it is still a factor that could potentially be considered an unfair trial.
Whatever the result – once again we will get to see Steven Avery’s case continue as the Making A Murderer directors, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, have confirmed they will begin filming a second series soon and they have spoken to Kathleen Zellner who is also on board for the second series. They said: “From our perspective this story is obviously not over. It’s real life and (Avery and Dassey’s) cases are both still pending.”