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Making A Murderer subject Steven Avery’s rant from behind bars

 Steven Avery, 56, is currently incarcerated in Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution

The subject of Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’ docuseries has spoken out from behind bars in an angry rant.

‘There are times that I feel like giving up I’ve been in prison 34 years as an innocent man. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE,’ said convicted killer Steven Avery, 56, in a statement shared by his attorney on Wednesday.

Avery is currently incarcerated in Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution, serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach at his family’s Manitowoc County compound. 

He previously served 18 years on a false conviction for attempted rape, but was later convicted of a separate murder after his exoneration and release.

‘I was framed by Corrupt prosecutors bad lawyers and Crooked Cops. I am fighting for my life. Can you hear me?’ Avery continued in his hand-written appeal.

Avery's attorney Kathleen Zellner met with him on Tuesday and shared this handwritten appeal to his supports on Wednesday

Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner met with him on Tuesday and shared this handwritten appeal to his supports on Wednesday  

Full text of Steven Avery’s statement from behind bars 

Message from Steven Avery to my supporters,

There are times that I feel like giving up I’ve been in prison 34 years as an innocent man.

THIS IS NOT JUSTICE

I was framed by Corrupt prosecutors bad lawyers and Crooked Cops. I am fighting for my life. Can you hear me?

I need all the public support you can give me. I will not give up if you do not give up on me.

Thank you for your support.

Truth wins

Steven Avery

‘I need all the public support you can give me. I will not give up if you do not give up on me,’ he added, thanking his supporters and declaring ‘truth wins.’ 

After the first season of Making A Murderer highlighted Avery’s claims that his murder conviction was based upon blood evidence planted by investigators, the second season focused on his appeal efforts. 

In February, Avery’s attorney won a trial-court hearing to present her claim that evidence was mishandled, and argue that the case should be retried.

Attorney Kathleen Zellner argues that the state should not have given Halbach’s charred remains to the dead woman’s family, preventing further testing during the appeals process. 

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision will allow Zellner to offer her new evidence that the prosecution mishandled the remains. 

Zellner told DailyMail.com at the time: ‘What is so unusual about the Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision is that this is only the third case ever in Wisconsin where the court has allowed a defendant to supplement new evidence into a pending appeal.’

Steven Avery's (pictured) attorney Kathleen Zellner has won a motion to present new evidence that the state allegedly mishandled earlier evidence in the murder case of Teresa Halbach

Kathleen Zellne r(pictured) alleges that state law was violated when investigators mishandled evidence, specifically bones that Zellner thinks may have belonged to Halbach

Steven Avery’s (left) attorney Kathleen Zellner (right) won a motion in February to present her claim that the state allegedly mishandled the remains of murder victim Halbach

Zellner said: ‘The appellate court after reviewing our motion to add the new evidence about the bones being improperly given to the Halbach family in violation of State and federal law has allowed us to add that claim and evidence into our appeal.’  

A second part of the ruling is that the appellate court sent the case back to the lower court to conduct proceedings to determine if the evidence is sufficient to grant Avery a new trial. 

Zellner told DailyMail.com that if the lower court denies a new trial, she will take the case back to the appellate court and they will rule on the bone evidence and other alleged constitutional violations in the case.

‘We are convinced [that] will result in Mr. Avery getting a new trial and being acquitted,’ Zellner said.

A second part of the ruling is that the appellate court sent the case back to the lower court to conduct proceedings to determine if the evidence is sufficient to grant Avery a new trial related to the murder of Teresa Halbach (pictured)

A second part of the ruling is that the appellate court sent the case back to the lower court to conduct proceedings to determine if the evidence is sufficient to grant Avery a new trial related to the murder of Teresa Halbach (pictured)

With the new evidence, Zellner alleges that state and federal law was violated when investigators mishandled evidence, specifically bones that Zellner thinks may have belonged to Halbach.

Zellner had sought to have bones that were found in a Manitowoc County gravel pit that is not located on Avery’s property tested to see whether they are the final remains of Halbach.

A report from 2011 has indicated that bone fragments were returned to the Halbach family without first notifying Avery’s representative, Zellner said.  

Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, are currently serving life sentences in prison for Halbach’s murder, largely based on a theory that her remains were burned on Avery’s property.

Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey (pictured), are now serving life sentences in prison for Halbach's murder, largely based on a theory that her remains were burned on Avery's property

Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey (pictured), are now serving life sentences in prison for Halbach’s murder, largely based on a theory that her remains were burned on Avery’s property

Kathleen Zellner tweeted on Monday: 'Avery Update: We Won!!!!!! Back to the circuit court. #TruthWins' Zellner now hopes to win that hearing and be permitted to present evidence that the state mishandled earlier evidence, which could have raised significant doubt in the theory of the case that landed Avery behind bars

Kathleen Zellner tweeted on Monday: ‘Avery Update: We Won!!!!!! Back to the circuit court. #TruthWins’ Zellner now hopes to win that hearing and be permitted to present evidence that the state mishandled earlier evidence, which could have raised significant doubt in the theory of the case that landed Avery behind bars

Avery's current legal team learned of the bones being returned to the Halbach family after filing a motion seeking DNA testing of the remains on December 17.  Avery is pictured being escorted out of a Manitowoc County Courtroom after his arraignment on January 17, 2006, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Avery’s current legal team learned of the bones being returned to the Halbach family after filing a motion seeking DNA testing of the remains on December 17.  Avery is pictured being escorted out of a Manitowoc County Courtroom after his arraignment on January 17, 2006, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin

If those bones could have been tested to determine if they belonged to Halbach, Zellner could have argued that the theory which the prosecution presented that led to the convictions was not possible.

But now the bones have left state custody, so there is no way to ensure they have not been tampered with in a way that would compromise any testing.

‘The state, without notifying Mr. Avery and his attorneys during the pendency of Mr. Avery’s direct appeal, caused material and potentially exculpatory evidence to be transmitted to the Halbach family for its potential destruction by cremation or burial,’ Zellner and attorney Steven Richards wrote in the motion. 

Avery’s current legal team learned of the bones being returned to the Halbach family after filing a motion seeking DNA testing of the remains on December 17. 

‘We are delighted the appellate court granted the motion to remand to the circuit court to supplement the record with our new evidence that the State has destroyed material evidence by giving the bones back to the Halbach family,’ Zellner told Fox 11 in a statement.

‘We believe Mr. Avery will be granted a new trial for this serious violation of both Wisconsin and federal law.’ 

Later on Monday, Zellner tweeted: 'We are going to have an extraordinary number of constitutional violations when we are done. The COA [Court of Appeals] is letting us create an avalanche of evidence in this record. Higher courts rule. #TruthWins'

Later on Monday, Zellner tweeted: ‘We are going to have an extraordinary number of constitutional violations when we are done. The COA [Court of Appeals] is letting us create an avalanche of evidence in this record. Higher courts rule. #TruthWins’

Later on Monday, Zellner tweeted: ‘We are going to have an extraordinary number of constitutional violations when we are done. The COA [Court of Appeals] is letting us create an avalanche of evidence in this record. Higher courts rule. #TruthWins’ 

Zellner has said she believes Avery is innocent and will not stop fighting for her client until he is free.

‘My experience with my clients… has been that someone who’s innocent just never stops trying to clear themselves,’ Zellner said.

‘I’ve always said if Steven Avery were offered a deal tomorrow, that if he would admit to the murder he could serve one more year and be free, but convicted of the murder, he would never do that. He would rather die in prison.

‘He believes very strongly that if the evidence, the correct evidence is presented, that the system will eventually work.’

A trial court date has not yet been set. 

Zellner (pictured) has said she believes Avery is innocent and will not stop fighting for her client until he is free. A date for the hearing on Zellner's motion in trial court has not been set

Zellner (pictured) has said she believes Avery is innocent and will not stop fighting for her client until he is free. A date for the hearing on Zellner’s motion in trial court has not been set

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