Steven Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner is one of the most successful wrongful conviction lawyers in the country, and she’s got an appeal filed for her client that is slowly winding its way towards a court date. Until then, she’s been whipping followers of Netflix’s Making a Murderer documentary into a froth with a steady stream of tweets hinting at the arguments she’ll be putting forward. Here’s the latest:
This is very interesting as much was made of Teresa Halbach’s cellphone records in the original trial, but they only covered incoming and outgoing calls, not location data. It seems like information was only collected from phone companies, while Zellner’s tweet says they now have the more detailed information obtained from cellphone towers in the region.
This means we could soon learn much more about Teresa Halbach’s final hours, which have been in dispute since she disappeared on Halloween in 2005. The prosecution has claimed that the Avery Salvage Yard was her last known location. Internet sleuths following the case have speculated that she may have actually visited another Auto Trader client after the salvage yard. Cellphone tower records could reveal that, and maybe even where she died.
But as for this tower data proving Steven Avery is absolutely innocent, well … it doesn’t take much imagination to ask whether Avery could have just left his cellphone behind before taking Halbach’s body elsewhere. But this murder went down in 2005, long before it became general knowledge that cellphones were basically tracking devices we keep in our pockets. It is a convincing argument, but by no means conclusive or air tight.
We’ll have to wait and see if Zellner has more arguments to make during Avery’s appeal hearing. Based on her tweets, we think she will. Here’s a few more articles on her past comments, and a few new tweets to consider: