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Making a Murderer: Judge again denies Steven Avery new trial

Posted at 12:59 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 17:16:33-05

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- A Sheboygan Circuit Court Judge has denied a new trial for Steven Avery for the second time after his lawyers filed multiple motions asking the judge to reconsider her first ruling.

Judge Angela Sutkiewicz filed her decision Tuesday. In it, she said she did not find Avery's "interpretations of the facts of this case or his interpretation of legal precedent are correct" and she had "no basis to reverse [the] previous decision."

Avery is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, along with his nephew Brendan Dassey.

Judge Sutkiewicz first denied Avery a new trial on October 3. In her decision, she said none of the evidence Avery's lawyers provided would cause a new outcome if the case went to trial again.

Avery's lawyers responded with several motions claiming there was new evidence, and pointing the finger at other potential suspects in the case.

Avery's lawyers have since appealed the judge's ruling. His lawyer Kathleen Zellner tweeted Tuesday morning in response to the judge's decision:

Brendan Dassey's case is currently awaiting a decision from a federal appeals court. A federal judge overturned his conviction in 2016, saying his interrogation involved leading questions among other thigns.

Avery and Dassey's case was made famous in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer.

You can read the full decision in Steven Avery's case below: