It looks like there could yet be one more twist in the tale of Making A Murderer subject Steven Avery and his bid to prove his innocence.
Avery was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach, but the smash-hit Netflix documentary has brought renewed interest in his case, with many believing he is innocent and calling for a retrial.
On Friday, NBC’s Dateline aired an episode dedicated to the case and the developments since the documentary finished, and the show featured an appearance from Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who explained how she plans to exonerate her client.
According to Business Insider, Zellner said she believes advances in forensic testing could be the key to proving Avery’s innocence – just as it was with his wrongful imprisonment from 1985 to 2003 for sexual assault.
Speaking in her first TV interview since taking the case, Zellner said:
Generally, since 2007, there have been significant advances in forensic testing. The clearest way to do this is with scientific testing. Am I going to tell you exactly what it is? I am not. But it’s been a long time. There was a lot of evidence that wasn’t tested.
Zellner, who has also been pretty vocal on social media since taking on Avery’s case, added on NBC’s Today show this morning that she expects to have the results from those forensic tests within the month, at which point things will get very interesting indeed.
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 29, 2016
Avery’s former attorney Dean Strang was also featured on the Dateline special, reiterating his belief that Avery is innocent.
From the evidence I’ve looked at I think he is innocent. I think he certainly was not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt under the evidence that was presented.
We can’t help but wonder if those in the Manitowoc County Police Department are sweating a little bit after this latest development in the case.