Steven Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, is on a mission to free the Making a Murderer subject — and if she’s successful, she might just save more innocent lives.
In a recent interview with Newsweek, Zellner was confident she could crack Avery’s case open by doing something his previous lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, weren’t allowed to do — she’s lining up a string of other suspects who might be responsible for the death of Teresa Halbach.
“Half of my exoneration cases have led to the apprehension of the real killer. I’ve probably solved way more murder cases than most homicide detectives,” said Zellner, who boasts 17 successful exonerations.
“I always have a strong sense that I know how to get to the resolution of the case. I know what to do… I like to analyze things visually. Making charts, taking a particular suspect, creating timelines,” she revealed of her process.
So does Zellner have a specific suspect in mind for the Halbach case? She says yes, but is staying tight-lipped for now to play it safe.
“We have a couple [suspects],” she said, adding that all of the identified suspects knew Halbach. “I’d say there’s one, leading the pack by a lot. But I don’t want to scare him off, I don’t want him to run.”
If Zellner gets her way and Avery walks free after she proves that he was framed by Manitowoc County officials, Avery faces the potential of a very bright future. The last man whose conviction she saw overturned will soon be practicing law himself.
For now, Zellner remains calm, collected and dead-set on freeing Avery.
“The reason I took the case was because I felt that he had been discriminated against because his family is poor and because they were uneducated,” she said. “I know he’s innocent. Now I just have to prove it.”
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