Making a Murderer lawyers say new DNA testing could prove Steven Avery’s innocence
Making a Murderer lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting have claimed that progressive new DNA testing could be the answer to their prayers in proving Steven Avery’s innocence.
The Making a Murderer documentary featured two lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, who represented Steven Avery; the convicted killer whose court case the popular series followed.
At the end of the series, Avery was found guilty of murdering Teresa Haibach, but now the two lawyers have unveiled information about new DNA testing that could potentially pave the way for an upcoming new trial.
During an appearance on Australian TV show Lateline, the pair explained how these progressive tests could shed new light on blood found at the scene of the crime.
Buting stated: “Probably over 100 scientists all over the world between the two of us contacted us [after the documentary] and said ‘Hey, you know there’s new tests you can do…
“Some of it was just, oh our ability to detect (chemical preservative) EDTA, chemical tests have been refined…
“But some of the more interesting ones were these scientists with things like radiocarbon dating and DNA ageing… Where you can actually look at somebody’s sample of blood maybe a month or a year ago and distinguish it from their blood right now.”
Strang went on to describe how the new methods could evidence that the blood found in the victim’s car actually pre-dated the murder.
He said: “If it turns out that the blood in the Toyota is older than the car itself — is 10 years older than the time at which it’s found… then that’s also good at getting us to the truth…
“And it also will mean not only a new trial I think for Steven Avery, but the likelihood that he walks free…”
Avery, who has always proclaimed his innocence, now has a new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner. Zellner recently claimed that a “tsunami” of new evidence is on the horizon. She is working on an appeal, and recently filed a motion with the Manitowoc Circuit Court in Wisconsin requesting new testing methods that did not exist at the time of the trial to be used.
It is looking as though the next instalment of the Netflix series could be just as gripping as the last.
Will Steven Avery ever walk away a free man?
Making A Murderer is available for viewing on Netflix