New trial denied for Steven Avery

A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday denied a bid for a new trial by Steven Avery, who is serving life sentence for a 2005 slaying featured in the popular Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer".

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 is now serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for the 2005 rape and murder of Teresa Halbach.

In a statement provided to the Associated Press, his attorney Kathleen Zellner said, "We have additional test results and witness affidavits".

But following the release of Making a Murderer the case gained worldwide attention, with the series casting doubt on the two men's convictions, suggesting that they may have been framed.

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. "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.

In November, Zellner announced that an agreement had been signed to begin independent scientific testing on several critical pieces of evidence.

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

'Because the State did not need to establish motive, it did not spend any time trying to figure out why Ms. Halbach was murdered, ' Zellner wrote.

Dassey had confessed to detectives he helped his uncle rape and kill Halbach at the Avery family's salvage yard. Near the end of 2015, a 10 part Netflix documentary on the case raised questions amongst the public regarding his guilt.

The false testimony aspect of the case has already proved to hold some merit in the courts, as a judge overturned Dassey's conviction earlier this year. Dassey remains in custody, while the state appeals.

  • Jack Mann