Things have certainly quietened on the Making a Murderer front in recent months, particularly since a new Netflix true crime series came along to steal our attention but that doesn't mean there hasn't been plenty of work done by Avery's lawyers behind the scenes and the latest update is certainly intriguing.
According to Uproxx, Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner has proposed a new suspect for the murder of Teresa Halbach - Ryan Hillegas.
For those whose memory needs refreshing, Hillegas was Halbach's former boyfriend with whom the photographer had previously broken up with and moved on to a new relationship with one of his closest friends. Hillegas features in the Netflix series as part of Halbach's search party.
Kathleen Zellner has reportedly submitted a near 2,000 page motion to the State of Wisconsin arguing that Avery deserves a new trial because Hillegas was not investigated thoroughly enough at the time of the original investigation and didn’t have an airtight alibi for the day of Halbach’s death.
Interestingly, the document also names Avery's original lawyers (and internet sensations) Dean Strang and Jerry Buting as complicit in his conviction as they “were ineffective in failing to hire the experts needed to establish that all of the evidence used by the state to convict Mr. Avery was planted or fabricated.”
It will be interesting to hear their response to that.
If you feel so inclined, you can read Zellner's motion in full on her website. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has responded to Zellner's motion with the following statement:
“We are confident that as with Mr. Avery’s prior motions, this one also is without merit and will be rejected once it is considered by the court.”
We've said it before and we'll say it again, season two of Making a Murderer is going to have a hell of a lot of twists and turns.