Updated - The exonerated Steven Avery was made internationally famous in the Emmy-winning documentary, Making a Murderer, for his exoneration, and subsequent apparent frame-up by crooked Wisconsin law enforcement, resulting in his 2007 conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Today, Steven Avery's attorney, Kathleen Zellner, named Bobby Dassey and "an unidentified older male" as the individuals who planted Ms. Halbach's dark-blue RAV-4 auto in the Avery auto salvage yard, citing a witness who came forward April 11, 2021.
Writes Ms Zellner on Twitter:
Post-conviction litigation is being pursued by Avery's attorneys,
Kathleen T. Zellner and Steven G. Richards, in the Wisconsin court
system (State of Wisconsin v. Steven A. Avery, Appeal Number 2017AP002288). The case was awaiting decision in state appellate court (Work with KZ).
This morning on April 12, preceding the announcement, Zellner filed a motion in state appellate court asking for a remand [to County Circuit Court] and a stay of the appeal.
The motion to remand the case is a spectacular development that chronicles two people moving a murder victim's car onto the Steven Avery property after an eye witness, Thomas Sowinski, a motor-route driver for Gannett Newspapers, Inc. came forward on April 11, 2021 (pp 1.2).
After Sowinski witnessed the planting of Ms Halbach's RAV-4, he called the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office and was told by a female employee that the Office "already knew who did it," the motion's affidavit reads.
Sowinski said in his affidavit, that not only did he witness Bobby Dassey "suspiciously pushing" the victim's vehicle down Avery Road, but that Bobby attempted to block Sowinski from leaving the property. The second older man ducked down below an open passenger door upon encountering Sowinski.
Sowinski said, "I know that Bobby Dassey and the older individual were doing something creepy." (Affidavit).
As Mr Sowinski's call was not communicated to the Avery defense, the omission by disgraced ex-District Attorney Ken Kratz is a glaring Brady violation.
Zellner told Patch. com (Ferek): "This is an evidence bombshell in the Avery case. We consider it the most significant witness evidence ever in the case, and it's an objective, non-biased witness who notified police in 2005 and he was ignored."
I think Steven Avery never would have been convicted had this evidence been known during his trial, and it destroys Bobby Dassey's credibility and links him to the crime."
The community behind Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey expects a complete exoneration and a criminal probe of Calumet County and Manitowoc County law enforcement, and top officials in the Wisconsin Dept of Justice.
The Wisconsin Dept of Justice, let by Attorney General Joshua Kaul, appears to be shielding the rampant corruption and criminality of law enforcement in east-central Wisconsin.
Kaul, who assumed office in 2019, has conspicuously failed to launch any DoJ investigations into law enforcement, including his own department, despite the widespread criticism of police, Ken Kratz, Tom Fassbender (Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation investigator (Ret)) and Mark Wiegert, (current Sheriff of the Calumet County Sheriff's Office).
Kratz prosecuted both the Avery and Dassey cases before resigning in disgrace in 2010 after sexual assault and harassment allegations against him came to light and Gov Jim Doyle began removal proceedings.
Gov Doyle (2003-11) and Kaul's mother, former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager (2003-2007) were bitter political enemies.
The Wisconsin Dept of Justice for now is keeping with its strategy on post-conviction litigation by pleading procedural arguments as evidence of law enforcement misconduct mounts.
May God forgive you BD. Hopefully, TH will see justice & the innocent will be free 🙏— Terri mado* (@cartersnanny) April 12, 2021
And whoever that female officer was needs to not only be fired but also be charged for withholding that vital information.— Curves&Swerves (@Mounty09) April 12, 2021
Absolutely disgusting and shameful police work!
New development:— Jerome Buting (@JButing) April 12, 2021
The state never disclosed this witness to Steven Avery’s trial lawyers. If credible, unquestionably this witness would have destroyed state’s case against Avery & Brendan Dassey.@ZellnerLaw @johnferak #MakingaMurderer #FreeStevenAvery https://t.co/d44kbZ0APO
After reading Kathleen's Motion today expect Steven Avery to be walking down Avery Road as a free man very soon. @ZellnerLaw #MakingAMurderer2 #MakingAMurderer @TManitowoc #TruthWins @JButing @SandyGreenman @hoddinottm #NeverGiveUp @Rookie1082 @lifeafterten @Newsweek pic.twitter.com/HmfCvVJU8L— Eye Of The Tiger (@Stayin_Hungry) April 12, 2021
The good thing to think about is that a 6' older guy with a long white beard that associated with Bobby Dassey in 2005 shouldn't be that hard to pin down and identify. To be moving the vehicle of a woman who was murdered, it would HAVE to be someone Bobby trusted to remain quiet. pic.twitter.com/QphXWYnIUn— TickTockManitowoc (@TManitowoc) April 12, 2021