Kathleen Zellner suggests a new name is "leading the pack by a lot"
Steven Avery’s new lawyer has said that there is a new suspect she believes may have killed Teresa Halbach and clear her Making A Muderer client.
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.
Kathleen Zellner is looking to clear Avery’s name and gave an in-depth interview to Newsweek in which she confirmed that she is hopeful another trial will not be necessary if she can find the person who is actually guilty of the crime her client is in prison for. She previously claimed that he has an “airtight albi” for the crime.
“Half of my exoneration cases have led to the apprehension of the real killer,” Zellner said while pushing her credentials. “I’ve probably solved way more murder cases than most homicide detectives.”
On the subject of who she believes could be the real culprit in the murder case, the lawyer said there is one clear suspect. “I’d say there’s one, leading the pack by a lot. But I don’t want to scare him off, I don’t want him to run.”
The interview points to one specific suspect, a man from Arizona who Halbach called on two occasions shortly before her death. The man was arrested in December 2015 for sex crimes.
Elsewhere in the interview, Zellner outlines her plan to prove that Avery was framed by police using the same forensic evidence that was used to convict him. “They used forensic science to convict [Avery], and I’ll be using it to convict them of planting the evidence.” she said.
Making A Murderer has proved to be a huge hit since debuting on Netflix in December 2015. Ken Kratz, the lawyer who convicted Avery is writing a book he says will prove Steven Avery’s guilt.