The legal documents calling for a new trial for Steven Avery made some explosive claims; namely, that the former boyfriend of Teresa Halbach was the killer, not Avery.
Avery’s attorney filed a 1,000+ page motion for a new trial this week, claiming the focus of the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer” was not Halbach’s killer.
The man at the center of the defense’s theory had been in an on and off relationship with Halbach since high school. He has not been charged with a crime so we’re not naming him, but Avery’s lawyer said he is the real killer and police let him go.
“In his initial contact with law enforcement, the killer immediately attempted to misdirect their investigation by not telling them about his relationship with other men,” the documents read.
The motion for a new trial alleges the man knew Halback so well that he knew her voicemail password.
They allege he knew Avery was the suspect because he was told so by police.
“He was not asked about the scratches on his left hand or why he knew Ms. Halbach’s voicemail password. The killer was not treated like a suspect,” it reads.
Avery’s attorney claims the man dumped Halbach’s vehicle on Avery’s property, making him the prime suspect, and that, “He had no alibi for Oct. 31, 2005, the date Ms. Halbach was murdered, or subsequent days when her body was burned and bones planted.”
Prosecutors have not commented on this motion or this alternative theory on how Halbach was killed.
Efforts to reach the man named in that document were unsuccessful.