Madison, Wisconsin (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected Stephen Avery’s request to review his 2005 murder of a young photographer, a case that became the subject of the hit series Netflix. “Making a Killer”.
Avery fought unsuccessfully for years to get the sentence reversed. His last appeal asked the court to consider three issues: non-disclosure of evidence, destruction of bone fragments and ineffective assistance of a lawyer.
A court on Wednesday rejected Avery’s request for reconsideration without comment.
Avery, 59, is serving a life sentence in prison for killing 25-year-old Theresa Halbach on her family’s property on Halloween 2005. Halbach went to the Avery family warehouse to photograph the car that Avery was planning to sell.
His nephew, Brendan Dassie, was also found guilty. Both Avery and Dessie insisted on their innocence.
“We are not surprised as the Wisconsin Supreme Court only accepts 1–2% of petitions. Mr. Avery has many options, including going to the US Supreme Court and then to the Federal District, ”Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner said in a statement. “Since the appellate court ruled on only 50% of the issues raised, we will be filing a new motion with the district court in due course.”
The case received widespread attention in 2015 after Netflix aired “Making a Killer.” a series whose creators raised questions about convictions. Those who worked on these cases accused the filmmakers of missing key evidence and presenting a biased view of what happened. The filmmakers defended their work and supported calls for the release of Avery and Dassie.
Dassie was 16 when he confessed to detectives that he helped his uncle rape and kill Halbach. A judge withdrew a confession in 2016, believing he was forced by investigators to use deception. This decision was later overturned by a federal appeals court, and the US Supreme Court refused to hear his case.…