Steven Avery's former lawyer Dean Strang says new DNA testing key to theoretical exoneration

Posted at 6:24 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 19:29:44-04

MILWAUKEE -- Weeks after a federal judge decided to overturn Brendan Dassey's case, the ruling has been halted by Wisconsin's attorney general.

Dean Strang, Steven Avery's former attorney, is unsure whether ruling that the then 16-year-old Brendan Dassey was coerced by detectives into confessing --- would even help his uncle Avery's case.

“That case was really coming to a head when Miss [Teresa] Halbach disappeared, and within a week or eight days Steven Avery was charged with her murder,” said Strang.

Before a room full of Marquette law students, Strang explained how Avery was in the middle of a lawsuit against Manitowoc County.

He was suing the county after serving 18 years for a crime he didn't commit. What could exonerate Avery this time?

Strang believes it's admitting new DNA testing in Avery’s case.

He says new testing could determine whether the blood found in Teresa Halbach car was old DNA from a blood sample sitting at the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office for the old murder Avery had been cleared of.