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Judge denies new trial for Steven Avery

Judge denies new trial for Steven Avery

The star of Making a Murderer, Steven Avery, had his request for a new trial denied - despite his lawyers' claims they have damning new evidence and testimonies which could cast doubt on his conviction.

Sheboygan county circuit judge Angela Sutkiewicz ruled on Tuesday (October 3) that Avery has failed to establish grounds for new trial based on the evidence provided so far.

Avery and fellow defendant Brendan Dassey were convicted in separate trials of killing freelance photographer Teresa Halbach at Avery's home and scrap yard in 2005.

Avery's attorney, Kathleen Zellner, told WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wis., that she plans to file a new petition because she has new test results and witness affidavits.

It's been almost two years since viewers were drawn into Netflix's 10-part docu-series Making a Murderer, and during that time, the legal case at the center of the show has continued to develop in dramatic and unexpected ways.

Avery - who was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide for Halbach's 2005 death and is now serving life in prison - had argued that his conviction was based on planted evidence and false testimony. 'The scientific testing is not completed, we remain optimistic that Mr. Avery's conviction will be vacated'. In light of the fact that his nephew's conviction was overturned, Avery's lawyers were hoping to get a retrial.

Avery served 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

In June, a federal court of appeals ruled that Dassey had been coerced into confessing to Halbach's murder as a teenager and that he should be released from prison. Dassey confessed to police that he and his uncle raped and murdered Halbach, but as the Netflix series appeared to show - using video of Dassey's confession - the cognitively disabled 16-year-old was tricked into the confession by investigators. The case was the subject of a Netflix television documentary, a second season of which is pending.

Those who worked on the cases accused the filmmakers of leaving out key pieces of evidence and presenting a biased view of what happened.

Both Avery and Dassey maintain their innocence.


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