As interesting as the Making A Murderer series is, there’s a much more intriguing story developing right now.
Steven Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has confirmed that she has found a new suspect.
In an in-depth feature with Newsweek, Zellner said she is currently researching all avenues to get Avery acquitted and says she has ‘a couple’ of suspects she believes may have murdered Teresa Halbach.
But one stands out in particular.
She said: “We have a couple. 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.”
Zellner says the bar for reopening the case is high, as Avery has exhausted all of his appeals: “We have to have new evidence that could not have been obtained before that would result in no juror believing that Steven Avery committed the crime.”
From the limited amount she is willing to say though, it’s hard to single out exactly how Zellner is going to achieve that. But if her investigation led to the real killer of Halbach, it would be hard for even Avery’s biggest disparagers to doubt his innocence.
She told Newsweek: “Half of my exoneration cases have led to the apprehension of the real killer. I’ve probably solved way more murder cases than most homicide detectives.”
Prosecutors claim Teresa Halbach was last seen at Avery’s salvage yard when she disappeared, and the case was the subject of a 10-part documentary series on Netflix.
Since the series was released, there has been a lot of speculation online as to who could have killed Halbach. Theories go from Avery’s relatives to suspected serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards, but Zellner has introduced a new suspect: an Arizona man who called Teresa twice shortly before her death – who also happened to be arrested in December for sex crimes.
I think it’s pretty obvious that the blood evidence was planted, and the key was planted. The hood latch, I believe evidence was planted on the hood latch.
Am I surprised this happened? Not at all. Do I think it’s good that the public knows it? Absolutely.
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) March 6, 2016
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) March 2, 2016
Previously, Zellner has stated how she is investigating new forensic evidence in hopes that it will show her client is not guilty of murder, and she’s also pointed out that phone records provide an ‘airtight alibi’ for Avery, showing Halbach left the property and he didn’t.
The appeal is now moving through Manitowoc County’s legal system and should be heard within the next few months, according to Newsweek. Meanwhile, Avery is currently serving life in prison for the murder of Halbach.
Based on what we’ve heard from Zellner, though, it’s a good thing there’s talks of another season. This is going to be one hell of an event when it happens.