Amateur detectives discover picture of Teresa Halbach holding a bunch of keys
Making A Murderer viewers have discovered new evidence which Steven Avery’s defense hope could lead to a new trial and his eventual release.
Avery is the focus of Making A Murderer, the Netflix documentary which tells the story of his conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. Both and nephew Brendan Dassey are serving life sentences for the murder, having been convicted in 2007. Making A Murderer pays particular attention to perceived injustices in the case.
Fans of the show have gone to great lengths to better understand the case and discover facts and evidence missed by investigators of Halbach’s murder.
Jerry Buting, who formed avery’s defense alongside Dean Strang, spoke to Rolling Stone and revealed that some amateur online sleuths have found a picture of Halbach on the day she was killed in which she is holding a bunch of keys.
This is important as one of the major pieces of evidence in the prosecution’s case was the discovery of a single key in Avery’s home belonging to Halbach. The discovery of a single key, but none of the others from the chain, weeks after the death could boost claims the evidence was planted.
“We were only two minds,” Buting said. “What I’m discovering is that a million minds are better than two. Some of these people online have found things with a screen shot of a picture that we missed.”
“I’ve looked at that picture a thousand times,” Buting told the US publication. “Those other keys were never recovered. Instead we found this single key. Now we did challenge that, how unusual it was for her to be walking around with one key, but I don’t think I caught the fact that there was a photograph showing that what she really carried around was a bunch of keys, and none of those keys were ever found.
“These kinds of new facts that a million minds have collectively come up with might be addressed and presented to a new jury,” he added.