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Making A Murderer’s Steven Avery suffers huge blow in bid for freedom

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Gary Ogden
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We've got bad news for a lot of Making A Murderer fans

Remember Making A Murderer? Of course you do - you probably still think about it now, don’t ya? I certainly do - I suddenly remember that Steven Avery is a real person, and that he’s currently still in jail, either rightly or wrongly imprisoned for the murder of Teresa Halbach. I wonder about his poor mum, his nephew Brendan Dassey, everyone else involved in the case - what are they doing? How are they coping?

Well, at least with Brendan we know he could be on his way out of jail (hopefully, because he didn’t do it, did he?), but the fate of the main suspect in the case, Steven, remains unclear. When’s he getting out, if ever?

There have been rumours here and there that he’ll be getting a retrial, based on newly discovered evidence, but nothing concrete. At least until now.

And it’s bad news for supporters of Avery FC - he’s been denied a new trial.

Unfortunately, a judge has ruled that there isn’t sufficient evidence to warrant one, even though pretty much everyone, not least Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, thought it was going to happen. 

Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Judge Angela Sutkiewicz said: “The defendant has failed to establish any grounds that would trigger the right to a new trial in the interests of justice.

“As such, no further consideration will be given to this issue.”

But don’t lose all hope entirely, everyone - there’s still a chance things could turn around (if you want them to, that is). Zellner has released the following statement:

“We are filing an amended petition because we have additional test results and witness affidavits.

“The scientific testing is not completed. We remain optimistic that Mr Avery’s conviction will be vacated.”

While we’re waiting, we can only hope that Dassey’s case, which went before a 12-member circuit court on 26 September, will be successful and his guilty verdict will be thrown out. He’s been inside for 10 years now, and if he’s in there for nothing, that’s a tragedy of the highest order.

Either way, we’ll find out more about the case when the second season of Making A Murderer hits Netflix later this year. Can’t actually wait.

(Image: Netflix)

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Shortlist writer and "the least woke person in the office", Gary Ogden, likes horror movies, Cheestrings, tapping his leg under the desk, "having a drink", PDAs, not having eczema anymore, hiding from responsibility, screaming into the mirror whenever he is alone, and assorted other things. Mainly the eczema thing though. @garyblogden

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