Steven Avery has the most successful appeal lawyer in America now on his case, and she’s already destroying the prosecution’s evidence on Twitter.
Kathleen Zellner has overturned more wrongful convictions than any other private US attorney, she claims, securing nearly $90 million for her clients betrayed by the US justice system.
Her firm "is looking forward to adding Mr Avery to its long list of wrongful conviction exonerations”, it said in a statement.
Ms Zellner's faith in Steven Avery’s innocence comes shortly after his former fiancée, Jodi Stachowski, told an American TV channel she believed Avery was guilty of Teresa Halbach’s murder.
Timeline: Steven Avery's convictions
Timeline: Steven Avery's convictions
1/5 1985: Steven Avery is falsely convicted of raping a Penny Beernsten
She was jogging along the shore of Lake Michigan when she was threatened with a knife and attacked. Ms Beernsten identified Avery as her rapist from a line-up that did not include the actual attacker.
2/5 2003: Conviction overturned
Avery's 32-year prison sentence was overturned after DNA testing by the Wisconsin Innocence Project proved his innocence and found a hair from Gregory Allen. He was convicted of the rape and Avery was released.
3/5 2004: Avery files federal lawsuit against Manitowoc County police
A Wisconsin Department of Justice investigation found police had committed no criminal offences or ethics violations, sparking a lawsuit from Avery seeking $36 million compensation.
4/5 2005: Avery is arrested for Teresa Halbach's murder
His Avery Auto Salvage business was the freelance photographer's last appointment of 31 October. She was reported missing four days later and police later found her car, bones, teeth and belongings at the site. Avery pleaded not guilty but was sentenced to life in prison in 2007.
5/5 201: Netflix releases Making a Murderer
The 10-episode documentary came after Avery's conviction was upheld in a 2011 appeal.
The eyes of every Making a Murderer fan are following Ms Zellner as she sets about clearing the subject of the Netflix documentary. Only two weeks after taking on the case, in conjunction with Midwest Innocence Project director Tricia Bushnell, she is bringing down the evidence that put Avery behind bars – by tweeting.
Yesterday: in bedroom where key was "found." Room is so small could not have missed unless they searched w/eyes closed. #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 21, 2016
Ms Zellner has been taking apart what she sees as the media’s misinformed reporting:
The New Yorker got it so wrong: said sweat on battery cable not planted . You're right bc there is no DNA in sweat. https://t.co/bAOF6Kx4WZ— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 21, 2016
As well as pointing out holes in the state's witness testimonies:
The 22 recovered from garage did not exit TH's head. State expert failed to testify bullet exited--that 22 driven to scene #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 22, 2016
Also body was not burned in burn pit bc heat would have burned down Avery's garage. A lot of junk science at the junkyard. #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 21, 2016
Culprit had to remove his own DNA from key so TH's removed in process.Rub key on Avery's clothes for skin cells. Presto #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 22, 2016
She has been telling Making a Murderer fans what they want to hear:
Visit w/Steven Avery at Waupon CC. He is identical to the other 17 innocent men we've cleared. Won't quit until he's out. #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 12, 2016
Another visit to Steven Avery. 38 boxes of files reviewed. He remains innocent & framed. #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 20, 2016
2015 Kratz letter to SA: ADMIT guilt. SA didn't admit first time won't admit this time. Save stamps, still innocent #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 23, 2016
And she has offered a reading list too, for those hungry for more Making a Murderer-themed content:
Brendon Garrett's book ""Convicting the Innocent" shows how often judges get it wrong by rubber stamping prosecutions. #MakingAMurderer— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 12, 2016
She’s no stranger to documentary coverage of her cases either, which will have fans of the Netflix documentary hoping for a second series.
A film following the story of her wrongfully convicted client Ryan Ferguson, dream.killer, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in December, and its freed subject has shown his support for Avery.
If you thought Making a Murderer was over when episode ten finished, stay tuned – Kathleen Zellner's not about to let us forget it.Reuse content