Steven Avery will not get a new trial.
The subject of the popular Netflix series "Making a Murderer" wias denied a new trial on the basis of lack of sufficient evidence. As ABC News reports, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Judge Angela Sutkiewicz issued the ruling Tuesday.
"The defendant has failed to establish any grounds that would trigger the right to a new trial in the interests of justice," she said. The judge also added that "no further consideration will be given to this issue."
Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were both convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in separate jury trials in 2007. Authorities alleged that the pair raped and murdered Halbach, a freelance photographer, on their family’s salvage yard in Mishicot, Wisconsin.
The case was the subject of Netflix's popular docuseries "Making a Murderer" in 2015. The series revolved around the guilt of the pair and probed into whether local authorities had targeted and framed Avery and Dassey. Both Dassey and Avery believe that law enforcement tricked them in the case as revenge because Avery filed a previous lawsuit against Manitowoc County (over a wrongful imprisonment for a sexual assault he didn't commit). Dassey is currently in appeals court over this confession and conviction.
The defense is not deterred. Avery's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, says that they are filing another petition to the court. "We are filing an amended petition because we have additional test results and witness affidavits. The scientific testing is not completed. We remain optimistic that Mr. Avery's conviction will be vacated."
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