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.
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.
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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