Steven Avery, subject of the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer" has been given the opportunity to conduct scientific testing on the evidence (mainly blood) used to convict him of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, USA Today reports.
The entire documentary raised so many disturbing questions, from watching how Avery was wrongly convicted of a rape he didn't commit and forced to serve 18 years in prison to the circumstances of his second case, a murder, which was pinned on him the day he was set to receive a massive settlement from Manitowoc County. Nothing seemed right, yet all every judge, lawyer and detective seemed to be conspiring against him.
Avery’s current lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, reports that this past Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, an agreement was reached authorizing independent scientific testing on the critical pieces of evidence to determine whether there was tampering or planting. Some of the evidence in question are the various blood spots in the Halbach's car, which Avery claims were taken from a blood vial being held by the police dept and the lack of fingerprints on Halbach's car key.
Earlier this month there were developments in Brendan Dassey, Avery's nephew and co-defendant in the Halbach murder. He was granted release pending a retrial, but a federal appeals court blocked his release. The circumstances of his conviction were even more shocking to viewers of the documentary as they showed Dassey's own lawyer conspiring to get him convicted, massive manipulation by the detectives handling the case and a shocking disregard for his low IQ and diminished functioning.
It will be interesting to see if this will once and for all exonerate Avery and Dassey from the crime. After Avery's release from prison for the rape, he chose to stay in Manitowoc County. My recommendation, if he is released, would be to move as far away as possible.