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There's been a major development in the appeal of Steven Avery, the subject of hit Netflix true crime series Making A Murderer who's currently serving a life sentence for the murder of a woman in 2005.
Steven is serving his prison sentence along with his nephew Brendan Dassey, and has always maintained his innocence in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach, a freelance photographer, in Manitowoc County Wisconsin.
This week, there's been an update in Steven and his legal team's latest attempt to overturn his conviction, as the Wisconsin Court of Appeals rejected their bid for an appeal, ruling there is 'insufficient' evidence to justify a new trial.
However even after the ruling, Steven's lawyer Kathleen Zellner seems unswayed from her mission to see her client freed from jail.
"Not deterred by the appellate court decision - it pointed out the specific doors that are still open for Mr. Avery’s quest for freedom. We appreciate the careful review. #Onward #TruthWins," she wrote on Twitter.
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) July 28, 2021
The update in Steven's court case comes just weeks after his mother, Dolores, who also appeared in Making A Murderer, died at the age of 83.
"Fate dealt another cruel blow to Steven Avery today right before his birthday tomorrow; his mother Dolores Avery passed away at 6:50 am. He needs your support now more than ever. RIP Ma Avery," wrote Zellner at the time.
"Sweet Dolores Avery always had a kind word for us. Loved her family, lived for the day Steven was freed, never stopped believing in him and his innocence. Her spirit and devotion will sustain us. Steven knows she is watching over him," she added.
Sweet Dolores Avery always had a kind word for us. Loved her family, lived for the day Steven was freed, never stopped believing in him and his innocence. Her spirit and devotion will sustain us. Steven knows she is watching over him. @MakingAMurderer pic.twitter.com/PuzzpPbd0r
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) July 8, 2021
Dolores, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s, lived out her final days in a hospice, according to her son, Earl.
It seems from Zellner's Twitter statement that she and Steven will continue to appeal his conviction. In order to be freed he would need to make a successful bid for a retrial, then found not guilty in court.
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