Who killed Teresa Halbach? Making a Murderer has a new suspect

Could Steven Avery be about to follow Brendan Dassey to freedom?

Making a Murderer's Steven Avery
Guilty or innocent? Making a Murderer's Steven Avery. Image Picture Netflix

Who killed Teresa Halbach?

It’s the question on the lips of everyone who binge-watched Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and Steven Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner thinks she may have cracked the case.

Fresh from the overturned conviction of Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey, Zellner has told The New York Times that an appeal will be filed later this month. The legal hotshot will file a motion as early as this week to access DNA evidence used against Avery.

“There is evidence that already exists in the case that points to a different location and a different suspect.”

“There is evidence that already exists in the case that points to a different location and a different suspect,” Zellner said. “We’ve got a combination of forensic evidence and a tip from somebody that we’ve interviewed multiple times that we think is credible.”

New testing on Avery’s blood in Halbach’s car, his DNA on her car key and the victim’s DNA on a bullet could hold the key to unlocking the case.

The Netflix series heavily suggested that evidence was planted to frame Avery, and Zellner is hoping to add further credence to this theory.

“It may not all be successful, but I believe if even one bit of evidence is planted, the conviction is going to be vacated,” she commented.

Avery’s nephew Dassey had his conviction overturned earlier this month after it was ruled his confession in aiding in the murder of Halbach was involuntary and coerced unconstitutionally.

Expect this – and Zellner’s new suspect – to be fully addressed in the second series of Making a Murderer, which has officially been given the go-ahead by Netflix.

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