The defense lawyer of Making a Murderer convict Steven Avery has revealed new evidence fans didn’t see in the second season of the Netflix show and claims she has a new suspect in the grisly murder case.
The popular program aired its second season last month, detailing the allegedly wrongful convictions of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey in the 2005 murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner says there’s much more to the story and points towards Dassey’s brother Bobby as a new murder suspect.
She dropped her bombshell evidence in a 20-tweet thread on Thursday saying: ‘Making a Murderer watchers, listen up. I’m going to walk you through what I’ve learned through my investigation that you didn’t see in the show.’
Steven Avery, 56, and his nephew Brendan Dassey, 29, are serving life sentences for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, 25, in Wisconsin. But new evidence presented by Avery’s lawyer may clear their names
Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner shared new evidence in the case on Thursday pointing to Brendan’s brother Bobby Dassey as a new murder suspect
In her thread she says that victim Halbach, a photographer for Auto Trader, called the Dassey landline to ask for directions to the Avery Salvage Yard (ASY) on October 31, 2005.
She says the suspect then contacted Halbach to give her the Dassey address and followed her after she left the salvage yard in her RAV4 vehicle and got her to pull over. This transpired as Avery was in his trailer at the salvage yard.
‘She opened the car’s rear cargo door to retrieve her camera, was knocked to the ground and struck with an object. [Halbach] was put in the rear cargo area of the RAV4 and driven back to ASY,’ Zellner said.
She claims the car was later seen leaving the salvage yard and Halbach’s body was burned in a burn barrel. A burn barrel at the Dassey residence was found with human bones.
Zellner added the Dassey garage was never luminoled or DNA tested.
On Twitter she presented new evidence saying the suspect had access to the Dassey’s landline phone number and knew Steven Avery. Zellner said Halbach could have been killed in a ‘rage killing motivated by rejection’. Pictured Bobby Dassey
She posted a 20-tweet thread on Thursday announcing the new murder suspect and hinting that it’s Brendan’s brother Bobby Dassey
Zellner said the new murder suspect was a person who had access to Steven Avery’s salvage yard and the opportunity to plant his blood in Halbach’s car
Steven Avery was jailed after his blood was found in Halbach’s car, linking him to the murder. He and Brendan Dassey were convicted of Halbach’s death and are currently serving life sentences.
Zellner said the suspect knew Avery’s finger was bleeding ‘because he observed it’ and had access to his trailer to remove blood from the sink and plant it in Halbach’s car.
She added the suspect planted the human bones and electronics in Avery’s burn barrel.
‘In conclusion, the killer is the person who had the access and opportunity to plant Steven Avery’s fresh blood in Teresa Halbach’s car,’ she said, opening up a Q&A session with fans.
Replying to fans’ questions, she refused to ‘rule out’ Brendan’s brother Bobby as a suspect.
‘Do you think it was Bobby [Dassey]?’ one fan asked.
Zellner cooly replied: ‘We cannot rule him out’ adding that his garage is being searched for DNA and blood.
Halbach was a photographer for Auto Trader. On October 31, 2005 she visited Avery Salvage Yard (ASY) and was killed afterwards. Zellner alluded that Bobby Dassey may be behind Halbach’s murder and planted evidence against Steven Avery to clear his name
The second season of Making a Murderer focused on Zellner’s efforts to prove Avery had nothing to do with the death of the 25-year-old photographer
In the show’s two seasons there was no clear suspect mentioned although it did hint that Bobby Dassey may have not told the truth during trial.
Zellner says the suspect was motivated to kill in a rage fueled by rejection.
When a fan asked if Bobby every interacted with Halbach prior to the incident, she said confirmed that they had.
While some Twitter fans believed the new theory that Bobby was behind the killings, other had doubts.
‘I fully believe Bobby killed Theresa & for whatever reason Scott was involved in coverup. However, is it really believable that either would realistically remember Steven Avery’s finger bleeding & think to take Steven Avery’s blood from the sink?’ one user asked.
Zellner replied: ‘Of course. The police had just been on the property and he would have been panicked to divert attention from himself.’
She is currently appealing Avery’s conviction even though a circuit court judge denied him a new trial. Her brief to the appeals court must be submitted by December 20, according to The Wrap.