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Making a Murderer star’s new plan for release

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Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, has filed a new motion to be released.

Previously charged and then exonerated for a rape he did not commit, Avery is now spending life behind bars without parole for the murder of 25-year old Terera Halbach.

Avery has denied his involvement in the 2005 murder from the get go.

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At the conclusion of the series, Avery’s defence lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, wrapped up their involvement in the case and Avery decided to proceed on his own.

It appears Avery realised self-representation would be a long shot, as he has now hired two new attorneys: Kathleen Zellner and Tricia Bushnell (who is the legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project).

The pair have filed a number of motions to dismiss Avery’s previous trial, both on the basis of possible jury tampering and inappropriate police involvement in the case.

Mr Strang and Mr Buting both flagged the possibility of jury tampering in the series’ closing minutes, while the show’s creators announced last week a former jury member alleged they were coerced into their decision.

According to Avery, the method used to select the jury also infringed on his rights.

Avery also alleges the search warrants used to procure evidence against him – such as blood in Ms Halbach’s car and her Rav 4 car in his room – were invalid.

Despite an estimated one million viewers watching the Netflix hit in the US alone, and almost half a million signing various petitions for Avery’s release, local Manitowoc County Mayor Justin Nickels warned viewers not to be swayed purely by the show.

”I think we need to look at the full picture rather than just 10 hours of a thriller,” Wbay reporting him as saying.

Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, is also currently spending life in prison for his involvement in the murder.

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