Court Hands ‘Making a Murderer’ Avery’s Final Defeat

Court Hands ‘Making a Murderer’ Avery’s Final Defeat

Madison, Wes. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected a request from Stephen Avery to review his conviction for the 2005 murder of a young photographer, a case that became the focus of the popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”

Avery had been fighting unsuccessfully for years to have his conviction overturned. His latest appeal asked the court to reconsider three cases: failure to disclose evidence, destruction of bone fragments, and ineffective attorney assistance.

On Wednesday, the court dismissed Avery’s petition for review without comment.

Avery, 59, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Theresa Halbach, 25, on his family’s property on Halloween 2005. Halbash went to the Avery family’s rescue yard to photograph a car that Avery was planning to sell.

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His nephew, Brendan Dacey, was also convicted in the case. Both Avery and Dacey maintained their innocence.

“We are not surprised that the Wisconsin Supreme Court only grants 1-2% of petitions for review. Since the Court of Appeals has ruled on only 50% of the cases raised, we will file a new petition with the Circuit Court,” Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, said in a statement. right on time “.

The case received widespread attention in 2015 after Netflix aired the “Making a Murderer” series, whose creators raised questions about the convictions. Those who worked on the cases accused the filmmakers of ignoring key pieces of evidence and offering a biased view of what happened. The filmmakers defended their work and supported calls for Avery and Dassey’s release.

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Dassi was 16 years old when he confessed to investigators that he helped his uncle rape and murder Hallbach. A judge refused to confess in 2016, ruling that he was coerced by investigators using deceptive tactics. This ruling was later overturned by a federal appeals court and the US Supreme Court refused to hear his case.

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