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In 2015, Steven Avery became a household name after the hugely successful Netflix series, Making a Murderer, documented his arrest and trial for the the murder of Teresa Halbach.

He has maintained his innocence since his conviction in 2005, however, on Tuesday, the 55-year-old was denied his request for a new trial.

Avery's lawyer, Katheleen Zellner, had been hoping to present new evidence to the court if a new trial had been granted, though she did admit that some of the tests had not been completed.

“We have additional test result and witness affidavits,” she said in a statement.

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

Sheboygan County Circuit Judge, Angela Sutkiewicz, said that the evidence presented so far, in her opinion, did not warrant a new trial.

Last year, Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassy, had his conviction overturned after a judge ruled that investigators had taken advantage of his disabilities and tricked him into making a confession.

Despite this setback, Steven Avery's legal team say they remain “optimistic that [his] conviction will be vacated" and will continue to seek a new trial.


A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered the release of Brendan Dassey, who was handed a life sentence in 2007 for his involvement in the murder of Teresa Halback.

After almost a decade of imprisonment for the killing documented in Netflix’s Making a Murderer, Steven Avery’s nephew could be released within 90 days.

According to TMZ, Dassey’s impending release will be subject to a number of conditions.

He must remain in the eastern part of Wisconsin, cannot obtain a passport and cannot possess weapons or controlled substances.

The 27-year-old is also forbidden from contacting Steven Avery and the family of Teresa Halback.

In August, Dassey’s conviction was overturned after a judge found his constitutional rights had been violated when he was interrogated without an adult at the age of 16.

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It's all over! Last week Making A Murderer's Steven Avery got engaged to legal secretary Lynn Hartman.

They met only once, and to be fair, people were shocked to hear of the news, but as it turns out, she's a "gold digger."

And it was Steven's ex-finacée, Sandra Greenman who broke the news to everybody. Looking at the post, the break seems to spring from the former couple's interview with Dr Phil.

Sandra featured on the last episode of Making A Murderer, and took to Facebook to tell fans it's all over between him and Lynn.

She wrote: "I have a statement that I need passed around to groups. Steve called me two times tonight and wants everyone to know that Lynn and him are done.

"She has been in this relationship for money and publicity. His eyes are finally opened!!!

"Lynn received at least 5000.00 dollars from Dr Phil, and he thinks more. She got another 1000.00 for doing other shows. She also wanted to be on as many as possible.

"His words – she is a golddigger. He wants someone to contact Dr Phil before Mon. Show and let him know she was only in the relationship for money (sic)."

At least she won't have a starring role in season two of Making A Murderer.


It was the documentary that hooked us all last Christmas, and now it won't be long until Steven Avery will be able to tell all in his first ever broadcast interview.

Steven is set to speak to Dr Phil on his daytime talk show next month, but of course it will be a phone interview as the Wisconsin native remains in prison.

The host of the show will also welcome Steven's newly-announced fiancée Lynn Hartman, where she will discuss their relationship and what it's like being with someone behind bars.

Steven was convicted in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach and is serving a life sentence in Waupun Correctional Institute in Wisconsin.

Shortly after Making A Murderer came out, Steven filed an appeal against his case.

We're looking forward to the second season of the series to come out.


According to the Daily Mail Steven Avery is engaged to a blonde paralegal named Lynn Hartman.

The couple have been exchanging phone calls for eight months, while Steven is serving time in prison.

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The loved-up pair have decided to take their relationship to the next level, having met in person for the first time this week.

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In an interview from prison, the star of Making a Murderer said "She's going to be my future wife, we'll be laughing forever."

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The bride-to-be released a statement, expressing her joy about her engagement.

"I am very happy to announce that Steven Avery asked me to marry him today, and I accepted."

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"Despite all obstacles, and Steven's wrongful conviction and incarceration, we plan to be married shortly after he is released" she said optimistically.

Steven wa sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in 2005.

Congrats to the happy couple.


When news broke that his nephew, Brendan Dassey, had had his conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach overturned last month, hope in the Steven Avery camp intensified.

And as his attorney, Kathleen Zellner, filed the motion for his exoneration, Steven, whose story in Making a Murder gripped millions this year, focussed on his desire to write a personal memoir.

While speaking to In Touch, Steven maintained confidence that he would soon be freed, saying: "I’m comfortable. I know I have a good attorney and that she’ll prove my innocence."

After revealing that he wants the memoir to explore his time in prison and the personal struggles he endured at the hands of the legal system, 54-year-old Steven then admitted he could see the book making its way to the silver screen.

When pressed as to who would play him in the story of his life, Steven replied: "Maybe Brad Pitt,"

Despite sounding certain that Brad was the man for the job, the father-of-four admitted that he hasn't seen the A-lister in too many films as television access was limited during his time behind bars.

"We don’t get too many stations, but we’ve got the news," he explained.

Well, if you're going to opt for anyone, you opt for Brad Pitt, right?


Today, Steven Avery remains behind bars at the maximum security Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.

He is currently serving a life-sentence for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, who was killed in October 2007.

However, now his nephew Brendan Dassey has had his conviction for his role in Ms Halbach's death overturned – and inevitably people are asking what this means for Steven himself. 

Kathleen Zellner began representing the Netflix star in January when a fresh appeal was filed at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and she is working on his appeal case.

Avery's legal team said in a statement following the news that a judge had overturned Mr Dassey's conviction:“We are thrilled for Brendan Dassey that his conviction has been overturned.

"We fully expected this outcome from an unbiased court that carefully examined his confession.”

Ms Zellner continued: "I was just visiting Steven Avery and he is so happy for Brendan. We know when an unbiased court reviews all of the new evidence we have, Steven will have his conviction overturned as well.”

In June, Avery's appeal case was delayed by 90 days after Ms Zellner requested an extension. That extension runs to the end of this month. 

Steven was previously jailed for 18 years for the 1985 rape of Penny Beernsten but was exonerated after DNA evidence proved it was not him.

It was later revealed the real rapist was Gregory Allen and that there was evidence the Manitowoc County Sheriff department were aware he could be the perpetrator during the initial investigation.

Two years after being released from prison in 2003 he was arrested for the murder of Ms Halbach, whose remains were found in a burn-pit outside his home.

The makers of Making A Murderer reacted to Brendan's planned release with a statement: "Today was a major development for the subjects in our story and this recent news shows the criminal justice system at work.

"As we have done for the past ten years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead."


During the Christmas of 2015, it's safe to say the whole world went wild for the Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer.

The more we watched, the more we felt sorry for Steven Avery, and tried to pick apart the documentary to see if we could find anything to prove his innocence.

Well now, new evidence has come to light surrounding the bones that were found in Steven's back yard.

In Steven's trial, the prosecution claimed that bones were found burnt in his garden, but they were so incinerated that only tiny bits of DNA were claimed to be left behind.

However, now it is being claimed that one of the bones has been identified as a bird's bone.

During the trial, the defence said: "It is unclear whether some, all, or none of the fragments had been previously determined by the state's forensic anthropologist to be human or not. 

"In short, the defence has no way of knowing from this cryptic report what was sent to and examined by the FBI Lab."

It sounds like this is just another dodge way of trying to confuse a jury. Either way, I'm sure all will be revealed on the second season of Making a Murderer


Making a Murderer fans brace yourselves: Netflix has officially announced that the people who brought you the story of Steven Avery are already working on brand new episodes of the hit documentary Making a Murderer.

The new instalments aim to take give viewers a glimpse at the lives of convicted murderer Stephen Avery and his co-defendant Brendan Dassey as their investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions while the State fights to have their life sentences upheld.

According to Netflix, fans will be shown the emotional toll of the post-conviction process and will have in-depth access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner, Dassey’s legal reps and the families and characters close to the case.

The show's Executive Producers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have said in a statement: “We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series.”

“The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold.”

Although it is not yet known when exactly the new instalments will air, given that the Emmy-nominated first season was a major success, we’re hopeful Season Two will have us all glued to our screens once again.



Ladies, our favourite lawyers are going on tour! 

Steven Avery's legal team (and newly discovered heart throbs) are taking to the road as part of a live justice event.

The event, called Conversation on Justice will look into "the Steven Avery case and its broader implications, as well as a discussion on the larger topic of the American criminal justice system", which might answer all the questions we've been waiting on.

Unfortunately the lads are only touring the US (but steering clear of Manitowoc County), so we'll just have to keep up to date on the latest reports coming from their road trip.

Dean and Jerry are set to answer questions live every night, so it'll be super interesting to see what comes up and what actually gets answered.



It took the whole world by storm when it premiered on Netflix over Christmas, and now it seems it's not the end to Making A Murderer.

The series directors, directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said that they're beginning to work on the follow-up.

While speaking at a panel discussion in New York's IFC Center, Laura said, "From our perspective this story is obviously not over. It’s real life and the cases are both still pending. 

"We have no idea when the magistrate will make a decision in Brendan’s case. We do know that two potential outcomes are that the judge could order Brendan’s release or he could order a new trial. To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this."

It might not be here as soon as we'd like though, Steven's civil lawyer, Stephen Glynn, was at the same panel and said that there are still difficulties in their way.

"There is a lot of hostility toward these two women in Wisconsin. The theory is that have played Wisconsin unfairly. But among those people who think and are a little more educated and thoughtful about these sorts of issues, there is appreciation."

After a brilliant first season, we just want to see what happens next with Steven and Brendan's cases.


If you had logged on to Twitter around the time that Ray D'Arcy was interviewing man of the moment Dean Strang, you would have been forgiven for thinking that it was quite literally a total car crash of an interview. 

However, one very important person is disagreeing with the general public's assessment of that interview and that person is Dean Strang himself. 

Yep, while it seems that ninety per cent of the audience considered Ray's interview to be a bit of a bumbling mess, Dean Strang himself considered it quite brilliant.

"His interview far exceeded in depth and thoughtfulness of almost all of the national US media outlets," the successful layer told the Irish Sun. 

"It simply is true – his interview was more serious and lengthy than most of those I have seen or in which I have participated in here."

Whether this means that American interviews are really terrible or that we were WAY too harsh on poor Ray, most importantly Dean thought the interview went swimmingly. 

"Even with his more relaxed format, Mr D'Arcy was prepared. He treated me with great courtesy.

"Most importantly, he consciously tried to make the subject accessible to people who have not seen the film, which is most people.

"That seemed to me a quite defensible choice for someone who hosts a nationwide, popular chat show.

"Even if they had not heard of Netflix, he wanted to include all of his viewers so that they might get something from the interview."

While we reckon one of the main reasons the host got such a backlash was because a lot of people tuning in specifically HAD seen the popular series, we can totally see Dean's point of view (which we guess is his job). 

And we may have to give Ray a major thank you because it sounds like our favourite public defender will most definitely return to Ireland after his positive stint in the country. 

"I cannot wait to return to Ireland and happily will buy Mr D'Arcy and his producers a pint or two if they allow me do that.

"They were bright, interesting people. Anyway, I hope that folks can give the bickering a rest. You've a lovely country."

Whatever your thoughts on the interview, can you cope with what a lovely, thoughtful and articulate man Dean Strang is? 

The infatuation grows…. 

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