Making A Murderer’s Steven Avery offered fresh hope by midterm results

The midterm elections might have two unlikely winners – Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.

The incarcerated pair, star of Netflix’s Making A Murderer documentary, could be given fresh hope from the midterm results in their native state of Wisconsin.

They are both serving time for the murder of Teresa Halbach.

Following an incredibly tight election count, Democratic Tony Evers won the governorship of the state from Republican Scott Walker.

Evers is required to create a pardon board by the Wisconsin constitution, something his predecessor failed to do.

He will also get to appoint his own Attorney General.

And Jerome Buting, Steven Avery’s trial lawyer for the murder of Theresa Halbach, says Governor-elect Evers should look into Manitowoc County police department – which investigated the Halbach murder – and free Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.



Buting, who nows gives talks about Making a Murderer, tweeted that the Democratic governor should:

  • Investigate culture of corruption in Manitowoc County
  • Open files from TH (Teresa Halbach) investigation
  • Reverse Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey convictions

The Avery case has fascinated millions across the world.

Wrongly convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder in 1985, he served 18 years of a 20-year sentence before DNA evidence exonerated him.

He launched a civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County, its former sheriff, Thomas Kocourek, and its former district attorney, Denis Vogel, seeking to recover $36million in damages stemming from his wrongful conviction.



However, when Teresa Halbach disappeared on October 31 2005, her last known appointment was with Avery at his junk yard.

Halbach’s vehicle was found partially concealed in the salvage yard, and bloodstains recovered from its interior matched Avery’s DNA.

Investigators later identified charred bone fragments found in a burn pit near Avery’s home as Halbach’s.


Avery was convicted of murder however his attorney’s Dean Strang and Mr Buting said there was a conflict of interest with Manitowoc deputies participating in several searches and suggested even suggested evidence tampering.

Avery has made several appeals against his conviction without success.

His nephew Brendan Dassey, a teenager at the time of the offence, was also found guilty of murder albeit with different circumstances presented by the prosecution.

  • Making a Murderer part 2 recently debuted on Netflix.

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