Suppressed Evidence In “Making A Murderer” Case May Get Steven Avery A New Trial

  • Prominent wrongful conviction lawyer Kathleen Zellner believes that the recent development should get Steven Avery a new trial.
  • “This is an evidence bombshell in the Avery case,” she said. “We consider it the most significant witness evidence ever in the case, and it’s an objective, non-biased witness who notified police in 2005 and he was ignored.”
  • “I think Steven Avery never would have been convicted had this evidence been known during his trial, and it destroys Bobby Dassey’s credibility and links him to the crime,” Zellner said.

John Ferak from Patch writes:

“MANITOWOC, WI — A former Gannett Wisconsin newspaper delivery route driver has come forward and signed a sworn affidavit attesting that he notified the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office at the time of Teresa Halbach’s disappearance that he saw Bobby Dassey and another man moving Halbach’s RAV4 vehicle to the Avery property.

Downers Grove, Illinois wrongful conviction lawyer Kathleen Zellner filed a motion Monday afternoon in Manitowoc County accusing prosecutors of Steven Avery of committing a Brady violation. Prosecutors and police are not allowed to hide exculpatory evidence that may be favorable to a criminal defendant in preparation for trial.

Zellner remains determined to regain Avery’s freedom in the murder case that has gained international fame following the December 2015 docu-series “Making a Murderer.”

Zellner told Patch that Monday’s filing marks the biggest development in her effort during the past five years of winning Steven Avery’s freedom. 

“This is an evidence bombshell in the Avery case,” she said. “We consider it the most significant witness evidence ever in the case, and it’s an objective, non-biased witness who notified police in 2005 and he was ignored.”

“I think Steven Avery never would have been convicted had this evidence been known during his trial, and it destroys Bobby Dassey’s credibility and links him to the crime, ” Zellner said.

Zellner’s April 11 motion states, that new witness Thomas Sowinski came forward and notified her that he was a motor route delivery driver for Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers, which is the largest newspaper publisher in Wisconsin. 

Back in 2005, Sowinski delivered newspapers to the Avery Salvage Yard along Avery Road during the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2005, which was a Saturday.

“Prior to delivering the newspapers to the Avery Salvage Yard, he turned onto the Avery property and witnessed two individuals, a shirtless Bobby Dassey and an unidentified male, suspiciously pushing a dark blue RAV-4 down Avery Road towards the junkyard,” Zellner’s motion stated…”

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