It’s been seven years since the release of “Making a Murderer,” the Netflix series that chronicles the story of Steven Avery, who was convicted of killing photographer Teresa Halbach just two years after being released from prison for a wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder in a different case.
Over two seasons, “Making a Murderer” dives into Avery’s wrongful conviction — for which he served 18 years — his exoneration through DNA testing, the evidence that led to him becoming the prime suspect in Halbach’s murder, and the investigations and appeals that have taken place since Avery’s conviction in 2007.
Here’s the latest on the case.
A new Steven Avery series is coming out
A new series about Avery’s case, “Convicting A Murderer,” will hit the streaming platform DailyWire+ on Sept. 8. The series is described as a rebuttal of sorts to “Making a Murderer,” with interviews from “law enforcement officers, family members and fans of the Netflix show who have spent time investigating the case on their own,” WLUK-TV reported.
Where is Steven Avery now?
Avery is still serving his life sentence for the 2005 murder of Halbach.
In June 2022, Avery was moved from a maximum security prison to Fox Lake Correctional Institution, a medium security prison in Wisconsin, per WEAU 13 News.
What is the latest on the Steven Avery case?
In August 2022, Avery filed an appeal that alleges another man is responsible for the murder of Halbach, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.
“Appeals attorney Kathleen Zellner filed a 100-page argument that said the ‘alternative suspect’ argument presented enough evidence that Sheboygan County Judge Angela Sutkiewicz should schedule another hearing,” the Green Bay Press Gazette reported.
Zellner, who appears in Season 2 of “Making a Murderer,” has argued that the alternative suspect planted the key to Halbach’s SUV on Avery’s property — a piece of evidence that played a major part in Avery’s conviction.
But the prosecution believes Avery should not get another hearing, responding in a recent filing that the “theory requires so many speculative leaps ignoring the actual facts of the case that reasonable movie-goers would be hard-pressed to sit through it,” according to Fox 11 News.
State filed a response to Steven Avery’s post-conviction motion yesterday, and…wait for it…they want it denied without an evidentiary hearing. 🙄 State desperately wants to keep the public from watching their lies exposed #MakingAMurderer #IllusionOfJustice @ZellnerLaw— Jerome Buting (@JButing) November 24, 2022
Assistant Attorney General Lisa Kumfer wrote that Avery’s appeal was “‘a misrepresentation of the facts’ that fails to establish a possible motive for the alternative suspect,” per Green Bay Press Gazette.
On Jan. 26, 2023, Avery’s attorneys replied to the state’s motion. Over more than 40 pages, Zellner accused state attorneys of downplaying “powerful new evidence” that a third-party is “directly connected” to Halbach’s murder and the framing of Avery, per WMTV, an NBC affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin. According to WMTV, the third-party is a nephew of Avery who was a key witness in Avery’s original trial.
In May, Zellner filed an addendum to her motion, stating that she has another witness who “says he saw the alternate suspect driving Halbach’s vehicle days after her disappearance,” Fox 11 News reported. “The witness claims he told a Brown County detective about his information in 2006 or 2007 but was ignored and told a relative about it in 2017 or 2018.”
No hearings have been scheduled. Recently, Avery criticized the lack of action from the appeals court, per WLUK-TV.
“We are working every day on Steven Avery’s case and we are making substantial progress,” Zellner tweeted last year. “We will never give up in our quest to rectify this miscarriage of justice.”