The case of Steven Avery has become one of the most talked-about trials in recent history thanks to the Netflix documentary, Making a Murder, which shed light on the controversial facts surrounding it.
Now there’s been a huge development in the case and its bad news for Avery, who denies murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.
Avery has had his bid for a new trial rejected. Judge Angela Sutkiewicz denied Avery’s request to be tried again after being convicted of killing Halbach.
Avery, a native of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, is currently serving a life sentence.
In April, Avery won a motion to appeal the verdict – a development hailed by his lawyer Kathleen Zellner as a “big win”.
The motion to appeal meant that the Wisconsin circuit court reexamined the case over claims that the authorities had mishandled evidence.
Tests were inconclusive about whether Halbach’s bones, allegedly found in the Avery family’s salvage yard, were animal or human.
The bid was based on the argument that the state turned over bones to the Halbach family without notifying the defence. However according to WLUK-TV – the judge ruled that does not mean Avery should get a new trial.
Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner said an appeal against the ruling was likely.