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Steven Avery Of 'Making A Murderer' Gets Denied Request For New Trial

Steven Avery Of 'Making A Murderer' Gets Denied Request For New Trial

STEVEN AVERY has been denied a new trial by a judge in Wisconsin over the conviction that was at the centre of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer.

"The defendant has failed to establish any grounds that would trigger the right to a new trial in the interests of justice", she ruled.

"Given the totality of evidence submitted at trial and the ambiguous conclusions stated in the experts' reports, it can not be said that a reasonable probability exists that a different result would be reached at a new trial based on these reports", Sutkiewicz wrote in the ruling.

Avery is now serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for the 2005 rape and murder of Teresa Halbach.

Avery and his lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, had argued that new scientific tests cast doubt on evidence which had been submitted at his trial, presented alternate theories surrounding Halbach's murder and questioned the motives behind the police investigating the case.

Avery, 54, now serving a life sentence (without the possibility of parole) for the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach, has been working every possible angle with Zellner to have his case heard again. Avery has maintained his innocence and claims that his conviction was based on planted evidence and false testimony.

In November, Zellner announced that an agreement had been signed to begin independent scientific testing on several critical pieces of evidence.

For many viewers, Netflix's documentary series Making a Murderer brought to light the dark realities of America's criminal justice system, how sometimes innocent people might get convicted for crimes they didn't commit. Authorities alleged that the pair raped and murdered Halbach, a freelance photographer, on their family's salvage yard in Mishicot, Wisconsin.

The state has gone to the federal appeals court to appeal the overturned conviction, with arguments in the case being heard last week. Then, in June of this year, a judge ruled that Dassey, who was 16 at the time of Halbach's death, had been coerced into confessing, and that he should be either retried or released. The court later determined he should remain in prison while Wisconsin appeals the overturning of his conviction.