Key new evidence could give Making A Murderer’s Steven Avery a new chance of freedom

Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner says the new discovery could lead to a new trial

Over two seasons, Netflix’s hit true crime show Making A Murderer has captivated audiences with the story of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who have both maintained their innocence despite being convicted of photographer Teresa Hallbach’s murder in 2007.

And while there has been no confirmation as to whether the show will run for a third season, Steven Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has this week given an update on potential new evidence that could give her client a chance of freedom.

Tweeting the news, Zellner claimed that there were “many bones” that were thought to be from victim Teresa Halbach that were returned to her family in 2011.

Zellner has claimed there is no proof that Avery’s defence were notified of this occurrence and therefore it’s believed that the bone fragments have the potential to prove that Teresa wasn’t murdered on Avery’s property.

In Avery’s 2007 trial, it was suggested that Avery murdered Teresa Halbach and burned the body in a pit on his property.

Zellner shared the news on Twitter. She wrote: “FYI: The State has confirmed with us that they did in fact give “many bones” back to TH’s family.

“They have no proof they gave notice to SA or his attorneys = violation state law & due process.”

Speaking to Newsweek, the lawyer elaborated further: “This admission proves these bone fragments were returned to the family and it is undisputed there was no notice given to Steven Avery or his attorneys and that violates Wisconsin law.”

Speaking further to Metro.co.uk, Zellner explained that the discovery could lead to a new hearing or trial and therefore potentially an acquittal.

She added, “What will lead to Mr. Avery’s release is a new trial and acquittal because we will be able to refute all of the State’s case with the new evidence we have developed over the last 3 years. Mr. Avery is innocent and will not be convicted a second time.”

Zellner has previously said she was inspired to take on Avery’s case after watching the first season of Making A Murderer on Netflix. She began her own law firm in 1991 and has since turned over the convictions of 19 men, including a man called Joseph Burrows who had been sentenced to death for the murder of farmer William E. Dulan. Zellner overturned the sentencing after convincing the real killer to confess.

In 2018, she claimed to be preparing a new 22,000 page document that could help prove the innocence of Avery, however her request for further DNA testing was rejected.