The controversial case of Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix's hit docuseries Making a Murderer, may soon get even more controversial. Kathleen Zellner, Avery's new lawyer, detailed her client's fresh path to justice in a recent interview with Newsweek. "We have to have new evidence that could not have been obtained before that would result in no juror believing that Steven Avery committed the crime," Zellner said earlier this week, adding that she believes "new technology" is the key to jumping that hurdle.
In fact, Zellner's team has already identified several new suspects in the murder of Teresa Halbach. "We have a couple," Zellner told Newsweek. “I'd say there's one, leading the pack by a lot. But I don't want to scare him off, I don't want him to run." According to the accomplished wrongful conviction lawyer, the experience of watching Making a Murderer is what ultimately spiked her interest in defending Avery. "When I watched the Avery case, I felt that the attitude toward him by the prosecutors and the state was that he was disposable," Zellner said. "It was almost like a class thing."
Since the debut of Making a Murderer in December of last year, theories regarding Avery's participation (or lack thereof) in Halbach's murder have abounded. One such theory, which originally popped up on Reddit, proposes that Avery is the victim of two simultaneous framing jobs. After visiting with her client in January, Zellner tweeted a handwritten note from Avery to his supporters. "I am innocent," Avery wrote:
Stay tuned. As previously reported, Netflix seems pretty down with revisiting Making a Murderer for another round of enlightening criticisms of our fractured criminal justice system.