Avery's attorney asks judge to grant him new trial, again
MANITOWOC (WLUK) – Steven Avery’s attorney filed a 113-page document Thursday, again arguing for a judge to reconsider a decision denying him a new trial for the murder of Teresa Halbach – and says she is ready to take the case to a higher court.
Sheboygan County Judge Angela Sutkiewicz ruled Oct. 3 that Avery would not get a new trial for the 2005 murder.
Since then, attorney Kathleen Zellner says several motions to the court have been made, all without response.
“Today is Mr. Avery’s last attempt to elicit a response from this Court. Tomorrow, Mr. Avery will file his notice of appeal from the Court’s October 3, 2017, order,” she wrote.
The motion again delves into claims that Bobby Dassey is a reasonable suspect in the case, and alleges the state failed to turn over details of a forensic report on his computer. And, it again argues more time should have been spent investigating Scott Tadych as a suspect.
Zellner also repeats claims that Avery’s trial lawyers were ineffective due to the failure to retain blood spatter and ballistics experts to examine certain evidence.
The state Department of Justice, which is handling the case for the prosecution, has declined to comment on Thursday's filing.
Judge Sutkiewicz has not ruled on any of the motions filed since her Oct. 3 decision.