For three days, people have been camped outside of the Manitowoc County Courthouse, waiting for Steven Avery’s lawyer to file a motion in the case chronicled in Netflix’s docuseries “Making a Murderer.” On Friday morning, Kathleen Zellner was finally on her way.
The lawyer, specializing in wrongful convictions, tweeted an image that showed the freeway sign heading into Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She is supposed to get to the clerk’s office within the next hour.
Last week, Zellner said she’d unearthed another suspect in the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, for which Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted in 2007. She also told the New York Times that she plans to file a motion for access to DNA evidence from the crime scene for new testing.
The deadline is apparently on Monday, but commotion at the courthouse over the last three days had fans and family members thinking she might file early.
December’s release of “Making a Murderer” had the nation split over whether the two were actually guilty of the crime or whether the Manitowoc Sheriff’s Department framed him.
Earlier this month, U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin granted Dassey’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus, finding that his confession at age 16 while suffering “from certain intellectual deficits” at the time of his questioning, was involuntary.
At the time of the decision, the judge said Dassey would be released from custody in 90 days unless the state decides to retry him.
See the photo below.
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) August 26, 2016