Steven Avery was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1985. He was released in March 2003 when DNA testing matched with the actual rapist, Gregory Allen.
One sunny day in Wisconsin, a woman named Penny Beerntsen went for a run on the beach when a few hours later she was reportedly raped, beaten and nearly killed. Her description of the rapist claimed to fit perfectly with Steven Avery, which lead to him being convicted for the crime.
After Avery was released in 2003, he filed a 36 million dollar lawsuit against Manitowoc County for mishandling evidence in his case. On October 31st, 2005, Teresa Halbach went missing while at the Avery’s Auto Salvage. Shortly after she was reported missing, Steven Avery was called in for questioning. On November 11th, Avery was charged with first-degree murder after Teresa’s bone fragments and personal items were found on his property. Friends and family of Avery were adamant that Steven was innocent, and that authorities were framing him for Teresa’s tragic disappearance.
With substantial evidence, Avery’s attorneys fought hard to prove his innocence. It was known that many residents and specifically, the sheriff’s department disliked him because of his general mannerisms. After multiple suspicious stumbles by the Manitowoc County policemen, Steven Avery began to look innocent. Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey was suddenly brought in for questioning. Close family members stated that the boy struggled with mental disabilities. Dassey went to trial, but with a weak fight to prove his innocence, he was sentenced to prison without parole. But afterwards, evidence showed that the same types of bone fragments in Avery’s yard were found about 21 miles from it. His attorneys believed the bones in Avery’s fire pit were placed there to frame Avery. Failing to prove him innocent, the jury voted Steven guilty for the murder of young Teresa Halbach on March 8th, 2007. However, in January 2016, recent evidence shows that one of the jurors in his trial was a son of the sheriff’s deputy, and another was a wife of a Manitowoc Clerk.
After years of closer for the Halbach family, Steven Avery filed a new appeal on January 10th, another shot at his freedom. Attorney Kathleen Zellner announced she would represent Avery in his upcoming retrial. The Netflix series, “Making A Murder” based off of Avery’s story, failed to mention crucial evidence used against him, striking watchers as being bias towards Avery.