Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix’s much talked-about series “Making a Murderer,” is still maintaining his innocence. Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, recently tweeted out a letter Avery wrote from jail on Jan. 29, which reads, ”To my supporter’s: I want every forensic test possible done b/c I am innocent Steven Avery.”
Avery was charged in connection to the murder of Auto Trader photographer Teresa Halbach in 2007 and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison without parole. With new forensic tests, both Zellner and Avery hope to prove the Wisconsin man’s innocence.
“Since 2007, there have been significant advances in forensic testing,” Zellner told ABC affiliate WBAY-TV. “The clearest way to do this is with scientific testing and that’s what we will be asking to do.”
The attorney added, “When someone wants every possible test done that could be done that would prove their guilt or innocence, that’s when you know they’re innocent. He’s very positive.”
The resurgence of interest in Avery’s case has been divisive, to say the least, with some claiming that Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, the filmmakers behind the Netflix series, omitted crucial evidence about Avery.
In a recent interview with HLN, Avery’s ex-fiancee Jodi Stachowski (who is portrayed as having a positive relationship with Avery in the documentary) described him as a “monster” who repeatedly abused, strangled and threatened to kill her.
“He’d beat me all the time, punch me, throw me against the wall,” Stachowski said. ”He’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
The Huffington Post also uncovered records from the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department showing officers responding to domestic incidents involving Avery and Stachowski, as well as his first wife, Lori.
“We didn’t set out to exonerate or convict anyone,” Ricciardi told TV writers in California a few weeks ago. “Our focus was on how the criminal justice system works.”
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