Making a Murderer update as new witness links Steven Avery’s nephew to case
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In 2015, Netflix broadcast details of Steven Avery's murder trial in the docu-series Making a Murderer.
But now, a new witness testimony links Avery's nephew, Bobby Dassey, to the case.
Currently, Avery and his other nephew, Brendan Dassey, are serving life sentences after they were found guilty of murdering Teresa Halbach in October 2005, although both have always maintained their innocence.
Bobby is yet to comment on the new claims, but has always denied having any involvement.
In an up to date court motion submitted on Monday and obtained by People, Kathleen Zellner and Steven Richards have reported that a newspaper delivery driver named Thomas Sowinski claims to have seen Bobby accompanied by an unidentified older man "suspiciously pushing" a blue Toyota RAV-4 toward the family's salvage yard during the early morning of November 5, 2005.
This incident allegedly took place days after Halbach's disappearance.
The filing reads: "After Mr Sowinski drove by Bobby and the other individual and delivered the papers to the Avery mailbox, he turned around and drove back to the exit."
"When he reached the RAV-4, Bobby attempted to step in front of his car to block him from leaving the property."
In a signed affidavit, Sowinski claimed: "I was afraid for my safety."
Sowinski also claimed that he had to swerve his car into a shallow ditch so he could drive around Bobby at the time.
In the document, Sowinski claimed: "Bobby Dassey looked me in the eye, and I could tell he was not happy to see me there. I knew that Bobby Dassey and the older individual were doing something creepy."
Sowinski went on to claim that he only realised the significance of what he observed after authorities found the RAV-4 on the same day and identified it as Halbach's car.
He then “immediately contacted the Manitowoc Sheriff's Office” according to the filings.
In the affidavit, Sowinski claimed that an officer told him "we already know who did it", but investigators never contacted him regarding the case after he left his details with authorities.
According to Avery's attorneys, Sowinski's testimony is critical to the case as Bobby served as a "primary witness" against Avery in his trial.
The filing reads: "The suppressed evidence from Mr Sowinski was favourable to the defence and the material to pivotal issue in the trial because it would have (1) destroyed entirely the creditability of Bobby as the State's primary witness; (2) established that Bobby was directly involved in the murder of Ms Halbach; and (3) established that Bobby planted evidence to frame his uncle, Mr Avery."
"In the absence of the suppressed evidence presented in Mr Sowinski's affidavit, Mr Avery did not receive a fair trial," according to the document.
Avery's attorneys are now requesting the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District II to stay the appeal and have the case sent back to the circuit court so their client can "pursue a supplemental post-conviction motion in connection to Mr Avery's discovery of previous suppressed evidence by the State".
After part one of Making a Murderer premiered, Zellner joined Avery's legal team and became an integral character in the second part of the docu-series, which was released in 2018.
"I have one goal, and that's to overturn the conviction of Steven Avery," she expressed in the programme.
During September 2019, Zellner and her team posted a $100,000 reward for any information leading to the "arrest and conviction of the real killer of Teresa Halbach".
- Making A Murderer
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