New trial requested in Making a Murderer case

New trial requested in Making a Murderer case
From CBC - June 8, 2017

A lawyer on Wednesday asked for a new trial for a Wisconsin man convicted in a case profiled in the Making a MurdererNetflix series.

Steven Avery's conviction was based on planted evidence and false testimony, attorney Kathleen Zellner says in a 1,272-page document she filed.

She contends Avery deserves a new trial "in the interests of justice" and because "the real controversy was never tried," USA Today Network-Wisconsin reported.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment.

Avery, 54, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the 2005 death of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.

Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, confessed to detectives he helped his uncle rape and kill Halbach at the Avery family's salvage yard. A judge overturned Dassey's conviction in August, ruling that investigators took advantage of the then-16-year-old Dassey's cognitive disabilities and tricked him into confessing. State attorneys are appealing that decision.

National attention through Netflix series

Both Avery and Dassey maintain their innocence. The case gained national attention in 2015 after Netflix aired Making a Murderer,a multi-part documentary examining Halbach's death. Authorities who worked on the case say the series was biased. The filmmakers have defended their work.


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