Steven Allan Avery is an American who was wrongfully found guilty of sexual assault and attempted murder in 1985. He is from Manitowoc County in Wisconsin.
After serving 18 years of a 32-year sentence, 6 of which were served at the same time as a kidnapping sentence, he was cleared by DNA testing and released in 2003, but two years later he was charged with murder.
After he got out of jail, Avery sued Manitowoc County, its former district attorney, and its former sheriff attorney for $36 million, saying that they had wrongly convicted him and put him in jail
Avery was arrested for killing a photographer in Wisconsin in November 2005, while his civil suit was still going on. In 2007, he was found guilty and given a life sentence without the chance of parole. Higher courts didn’t change his sentence.
“Making a Murderer,” a Netflix original documentary series that came out in 2015, is about the murder trial of Steven Avery in 2007. It also talked about Brendan Dassey, Avery’s nephew, being caught and sent to prison in 2007.
Brendan’s conviction was overturned in August 2016 because Brendan’s confession had been forced. In June 2017, prosecutors in Wisconsin filed an appeal against this decision.
Brendan’s legal team, which included Seth Waxman, the former Solicitor General of the United States, sent a petition for a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on February 20, 2018. On June 25, 2018, the certiorari was turned down.
Is Steven Avery in Jail Right Now?
Steven Avery may have failed in his last attempt to get his murder conviction for killing Teresa Halbach overturned, but his case may not be over yet. Avery, who is 59 years old, has been in prison for life since he was found guilty of killing Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer who went missing in 2005.
His story was told in the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” which raised questions about why detectives were looking into Halbach’s death and led many viewers to think that Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were wrongfully convicted.
Late in July, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals threw out many of Avery’s claims from over the years, such as how good his lawyers were at trial and how the prosecutors handled some of the evidence.