Supporters of Making A Murderer's Steven Avery have been buoyed by the news that he's won the right to appeal against his conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
Avery has been in jail since 2007 after being sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, but his legal team says that newly reviewed evidence could potentially undermine the state's case against Avery is huge.
If bone shards found in a 'burn pit' turn out to be Teresa Halbach's, it would contradict the idea that her body was burned on Avery's property.
Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner celebrated with a string of EXTREMELY CAPS LOCK HEAVY tweets on Monday.
SA’s DREAM OF FREEDOM is a NEW REALITY as COA lets us reveal all the State’s BAD FAITH, DESTRUCTION & SUPPRESSION of evidence-misdeeds cannot be undone. State’s old way of doing business is OVER. #WreckingCrew #WorkWithKZ #TruthWins #Losers=Guilters #KratzRatzShipSinks- Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) February 26, 2019
There are only 2 other cases in Wisconsin where the appellate court remanded during a pending post-conviction appeal to allow a party to add new evidence-& those 2 were not contested like ours. Very rare. Very good sign for SA. @Newsweek @michellemalkin #BadJudgesGetReversed- Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) February 27, 2019
Quite an exhausting read, but you can understand Zellner's vigour. Her contention that human bones found in a 'burn pit' weren't DNA tested and that giving them to Halbach's family was illegal - thus potentially removing evidence that could have been critical to proving or disproving Avery's innocence - was critical to this decision.
Zellner also told Newsweek that this was "a big win" which "has the potential to undo the whole case", and that this is one more step toward a full retrial for Avery. Next, the case will go back to the circuit court, which could grant a new trial, or the case may go back to the appellate court which could reverse the conviction or grant a new trial. So, whatever happens, Making A Murderer season three will be a bit more eventful than the last one.
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