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Judge: No New Trial in Making a Murderer Case

Steven Avery loses bid, but he's expected to appeal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 10, 2019 1:40 PM CDT
In this 2007 file photo, Steven Avery listens to testimony in the courtroom at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton, Wis.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool, File)

(Newser) – A judge has rejected a man's bid for a new trial in a Wisconsin killing featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer. Judge Angela Sutkiewicz this week denied Steven Avery's request in the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach. Halbach's remains were found in the Avery family's salvage yard. Avery argued the state turned over bones to the Halbach family without notifying the defense, but the judge ruled that does not mean Avery should get a new trial.

The bones were given to Halbach's family in 2011, but Avery's attorneys were not notified until 2018, per the AP. Tests were inconclusive about whether the bones were animal or human. Avery's attorney, Kathleen Zellner, said an appeal is likely. Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, also is serving a life sentence in the killing. (The Supreme Court decided to steer clear of the Dassey case.)


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