Kathleen Zellner specialises in wrongful convictions
Steven Avery’s lawyer has said that she has new evidence she believes will exonerate the man made famous by Netflix documentary Making A Murderer.
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.
Avery was the focus of a new episode of Dateline NBC on Friday (January 29). The series has featured an episode on Avery and his trial once before, back in 2006, but picked up on it again after the Netflix series became a hit at the start of the year.
Among those interviewed in the Dateline special was Avery’s new lawyer, wrongful conviction specialist Kathleen Zellner. She revealed details of fresh forensic evidence which she says will prove Avery is innocent.
“Generally, since 2007, there have been significant advances in forensic testing … the clearest way to do this is with scientific testing,” Zellner said in her first TV interview since taking the case. “Am I going to tell you exactly what it is? I am not. But it’s been a long time. There was a lot of evidence that wasn’t tested.”
Zellner also tweeted about her case, telling followers that she had taken news of the forensic evidence to Avery.
Meanwhile, Making A Murderer lawyer Ken Kratz is writing a book he says will prove Steven Avery’s guilt.
Kratz says that his book will be released towards the end of 2016 and that he is “honoured to share a portion of the proceeds of this book honoring the memory of Teresa Halbach”