Steven Avery's Case Isn't Cold Just Yet

by Melissa Cruz

The world has been captivated since Netflix released its original docuseries Making a Murderer last month, and viewers are rightfully curious about what the subject of the show, Steven Avery, has been doing since the cameras stopped rolling. Viewers were enthralled in watching and picking apart the details of his case, in which Avery, who was once wrongfully convicted of a different crime, again claimed his innocence after being charged with murder. Now, fans of the show are clamoring to find out what Avery has been up to recently, even as they continue their quest to discover new details of the case.

Over the course of 10 years, filmmakers followed Avery, his family, and his attorneys through his trail for allegedly killing photographerTeresa Halbach. Avery had originally been the center of true-crime sensation after he was incarcerated and eventually released for a wrongful rape conviction, one that left him in prison for 18 years. But after filing a $36 million lawsuit against the county that jailed him, Avery and his lawyers believe that he was set up by local officials, and consequently tried and convicted for a murder he did not commit.

As far as Avery's location, fans of the show know that he is still in prison, serving a life sentence. It sounds like he isn't getting a whole lot of TV time, either. The filmmakers recently revealed that Avery's request to watch Making a Murderer has been denied. That doesn't mean his case has gone cold, though. Just last week, Avery filed an appeal against his conviction. In the appeal, he claims that police obtained an improper search warrant to look for Halbach's body on his property. Avery also asserts that he had ineffective legal counsel (a claim the series backs up) and that one juror allegedly bullied others into finding him guilty.

However, the news in Avery's case doesn't stop there. He also recently acquired a new attorney, Kathleen Zellner, who specializes in wrongful convictions. Zellner tweeted about the case, saying that she has new evidence which she hopes will free Avery.

Zellner also told The New York Times that this new information will be the final key to her client's exoneration: "We are confident Mr. Avery’s conviction will be vacated when we present the new evidence and results of our work to the appropriate court." So it seems fans of the show may have more to uncover. With this reported new evidence and the hope of a possible Season 2 for Making a Murderer, it seems the world might be seeing a lot more of Steven Avery.