Making A Murderer's Steven Avery Wins Right To Appeal Murder Conviction
The man at the centre of Netflix documentary series Making A Murderer has been granted an appeal against his murder conviction.
Steven Avery was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for the murder of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin two years earlier.
Avery, from the U.S., has always maintained his innocence.
His nephew Brendan Dassey was also jailed after he confessed to assisting Avery in raping and murdering Halbach and then setting her remains alight in his family-owned car yard.
Making A Murderer was filmed over ten years and focused on the men's trials and crimes. Since the series was released in 2015, there has been speculation about the pair's innocence.
Now Avery's case will be re-examined in a Wisconsin court, in America's Midwest, after his lawyer won an appeal motion.
The journey to this point however, has been complicated and convoluted with disputed evidence and multiple possible suspects. It is all being played out on the small screen for the world to dissect.
After the first season of Making A Murderer was released, Avery hired a new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, who is known for overturning incorrect convictions.
Zellner argued Avery was framed for Halbach's murder and placed the blame on Bobby Dassey, Brendan Dassey's brother.
Zellner's version of events was portrayed in the second season of Making A Murderer. She filed a motion to appeal Avery's conviction based on a collection of what could be the bones of Halbach, which she said were never tested for DNA.
Zellner claimed the bones were given back to the Halbach family, thus violating her client's rights. The new appeal could see these claims bought before a court and may even result in a new trial.
"We are going to an an extraordinary number of constitutional violations when we are done. The [court of appeals] is letting us create an avalanche of evidence in this record. Higher courts rule," Zellner wrote on Twitter.
The decision to grant an appeal also means Avery's legal team could present new evidence that has been unearthed since the initial trial.
If the appeal process is successful and Avery is granted a new trial with his conviction is overturned -- it would be the second time he served time for a crime he did not commit.
He previously served 18 years in jail for a different offence.
Brendan Dassey had his conviction overturned in 2016 after a court found his initial confession had been coerced. Despite this, he remains in prison serving a life sentence.
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