Steven Avery: Innocent or Guilty? TV - The New York Times - Making a Murderer 2015 - True Crime Central 2023 -
It’s the case of the moment, a national obsession … A passionate debate and a media storm. Steven Avery: Innocent or Guilty? Discovery 2016
Steven Avery: Innocent or Guilty? … Wrongfully convicted and spent eighteen years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit only to find himself back behind bars two years later charged in a separate case. ibid.
1985: Peggy picked Steven from a photo array and he was arrested. But Steven denied it [rape] and had an alibi. At his trial sixteen witnesses took the stand to swear Steven was with them on the afternoon of the attack. ibid.
‘Breaking news out of Calumet County: a horrifying account of what prosecutors say happened to Teresa Halbach.’ ibid. television news
Was Steven Avery framed? ibid.
‘Making a Murderer’ Left Out Crucial Facts,’ Prosecutor Says. The New York Times article
DNA frees man after 18 years: Manitowoc: New DNA evidence that a Manitowoc County man who spent the past 17 years in prison for sexual assault did not commit the crime, District Attorney Mark Rohrer said Wednesday. Making a Murderer s1e1: Eighteen Years Lost, Herald Times Reporter headline, Netflix 2015
They had the evidence back then I didn’t do it. ibid. Avery
Steven did not fit that description. ibid. Reesa Evans, Steven’s appointed lawyer
There isn’t one iota of physical evidence in this case that connects Steven Avery to it. ibid. Stephen Glynn, Steven’s civil rights lawyer
At the age of 23, Steven is found guilty of Sexual Assault, Attempted Murder and False Imprisonment. He is sentenced to 32 years in prison. ibid. caption
From 1986 to 1994, Steven appeals his conviction up to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. All of his appeals are denied. ibid.
In 2001 the Wisconsin Innocence Project agrees to take Steven’s case. ibid.
DNA: And that somebody was Gregory Allen. ibid. expert
Police were watching man now linked to Avery case: Sheriff ignored Manitowoc department’s suggestion of Allen as suspect in sexual assault, deputy chief says. ibid. newspaper article
In December 2003 the Avery Task Force begins hearings to review police and prosecutorial practices statewide. Steven is the first to testify. The Avery Task Force makes recommendations for criminal justice reforms. The State Legislature begins drafting the Avery Bill. Making a Murderer s1e2: Turning the Tables, captions
1995: Gregory Allen is arrested for sexual assault in Brown County. Andrew Colborn [Corrections Officer] receives call about inmate confession. ibid.
2005: October 11: Lt. Lenk and Sandy Morris are deposed; October 13: Sgt. Colborn, Judy Dvorak and Sheriff Petersen are deposed; October 26: Eugene Kusche is deposed; October 31: Teresa Halbach is last seen; November 1: The Avery bill passes the state legislature; November 3: Teresa Halbach is reported missing. ibid.
All I can think is they’re trying to railroad me again. ibid. Avery, rozzers raid Avery property
The Averys are not allowed on their property while law enforcement conducts an 8-day search. ibid. caption
It appears that an attempt was made to dispose of a body by an incendiary means; pieces of bone and teeth were found on the Avery property. ibid. rozzers’ press conference
At the preliminary hearing the judge will decide if there is sufficient evidence to bind Steven over for trial. Making a Murderer s1e3: Plight of the Accused, caption
I’m sick of this world. I’m sick of suffering. ibid. Avery
Something got set up. ibid. woman in bar
What a story! ibid. television news presenter
Brendan [Dassey: Avery’s nephew] gave his first statement to investigators 4 months earlier, the day after Teresa’s RAV4 was found. He told them he had no contact with Teresa and had no knowledge of what happened to her. ibid. caption
On February 27th, investigators Mark Wiegert and Tom Fassbender go to Brendan’s high school, taking him out of class and question him alone. After then speaking with Barb, they question Brendan three more times without a lawyer present. ibid.
Horrific details revealed [by] DA: Avery and his nephew raped, tortured and killed Teresa Halbech. Making a Murderer s1e4: Indefensible, Herald Times Reporter headline
Steven Avery says his nephew, Brendan Dassey, isn’t very smart. And that Dassey was coerced into confessing. ibid. television news
Over the course of three and a half hours, Mark and Tom obtain another confession from Brendan. Brendan’s lawyer, Len Kachinsky, is not present. ibid. caption
One guy’s name just kept coming up … Lieutenant James Lenk. Lenk is the guy who finds the key … We looked in Steven’s old 1985 case file in the clerk’s office: some items from that court file ultimately proved to exonerate Steven: interestingly enough, the transmittal form that goes with the evidence in 2002 to the crime lab is filled out by none other than at that time Detective Sergeant James Lenk. And I said to myself, Woe! ibid. defense co-counsel Dean Strang
Some officer went into that file, opened it up, took a sample of Steven Avery’s blood and planted it in the Rav4. ibid.
As he heads to trial, Steven faces 4 charges: 1st degree intentional homicide; mutilation of a corpse; felon in possession of a firearm; false imprisonment. Making a Murderer s1e5: The Last Person to See Teresa Alive, caption
If they would be willing to go to that length of planting the key … then the blood follows easily. ibid. Jerome Buting, defense co-counsel
March 1 2006: The day of Brendan’s arrest, and 4 months after initial searches, law enforcement returns to Steven’s property to search for additional evidence. Making a Murderer s1e6: Testing the Evidence
Where is the [large splatter of] blood? ibid. Steven’s father
All three of us knew at the same time that this [car key] was a very important piece of evidence. Making a Murderer s1e7: Framing Defense, Sergeant Colborn, evidence on stand
There was a conflict of interest there … Probably the most serious violation … They didn’t implement the procedure that would follow a conflict of interest – quite simply, to totally back off. ibid. Pete Baetz, Dean & Jerry’s investigator, Lieutenant-Deputy Sheriff Illinois 1970-1996
The week before the State rests their case they announce that the FBI has the results of its newly developed EDTA test. At a hearing, Judge Willis rules that the test results are admissible [not detected]. ibid. caption
It’s such a despicable allegation. ibid. prosecution
No blood splatter on the walls or the ceiling; no bloody trail of a body being carried out of that bedroom …; no scratches on the headboard; no rope fibres on the headboard … Making a Murderer s1e8: The Great Burden, Buting’s defense summary
I don’t feel like doing a life bit for something I didn’t do. ibid. Avery
Our criminal justice system failed Steven Avery badly in 1985. It failed him time and time again after 1985. I fear this is one more failure. ibid. Strang
I felt there was some biased jurors … To me there’s a lot of unanswered questions. ibid. late-excused juror
Was [Brendan Dassey] he there? And did he help? Making a Murderer s1e9: Lack of Humility, prosecution opening statement
The jury does not see the last 1 hour and 38 minutes of the recording, which includes Brendan telling his mother the investigator ‘got to [his] head.’ ibid. caption
People who are innocent don’t confess. ibid. prosecution