Steven Avery defense attorney Kathleen Zellner on Thursday said the death of photographer Teresa Halbach was a “rage killing motivated by rejection,” but not at the hands of her client.
Zellner, without naming him, pointed the finger at Steven Avery’s brother, Bobby Dassey. She stated that Halbach left Avery Salvage Yard when the suspect followed her and ultimately got Halbach to pull over.
“[She] was knocked to the ground and struck with an object,” Zellner said. “Only our suspect knew the blood in the sink was Steven’s and not [Teresa’s].” Zellner confirmed that she ruled out the police.
In a series of 21 tweets, Zellner laid out a timeline of events she says happened on Oct. 31, 2005, the date Halbach, a freelance photographer, vanished after visiting the Avery Salvage Yard to photograph a vehicle.
With several bits of information gathered from unnamed witnesses, Zellner’s timeline contradicts testimony and evidence presented at trial. The prosecution said Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey raped and killed Halbach, and Avery burned her remains.
Separate juries convicted Avery and Dassey of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide in 2007.
The release of Zellner’s theory comes just about a month after the release of the second installment of “Making A Murderer,” the Netflix docu-series that brought worldwide attention — and suspicion — to the case against Avery and his nephew.
“I have one goal, and that’s to overturn the conviction of Steven Avery,” Zellner says in a teaser-trailer for the show.
The Rundown – Zellner’s Twitter Timeline!
» Oct. 31, 2005, Scott Tadych visited Bobby Dassey at the Avery Salvage Yard at noon.
» After Teresa Halbach called the Dassey landline for directions, Zellner’s suspect contacted her back with the Dassey address.
» At approximately 2:30 p.m. on that same day, Teresa arrived at the salvage yard, Zellner says that only Bobby and Steven saw her.
» Halbach left after completing her photo assignment at approximately 2:38 p.m., Zellner’s suspect followed her, noting that “Steven was in his trailer.”
» Zellner’s suspect got Halbach to pull over. She opened her car’s rear cargo door to retrieve her camera before being knocked down to the ground and struck with an object.
» Halbach was then put in the rear cargo area of the RAV4 and driven back to the salvage yard.
» Halbach’s RAV4 was spotted leaving the salvage yard with an unknown driver at 3:45 p.m.
» RAV4 was left by the old dam West of Mishicot on that same day.
» 3 witnesses say that they saw the RAV4 up until Nov. 4, 2005.
» A recent investigation by Zellner’s team indicated that the RAV4’s battery died, so it was replaced in order to move it to the salvage yard.
» Halbach’s body was burned in a burn barrel, and Zellner stated that Dassey’s burn barrel had human bones.
» 60% of bones and 31 teeth missing
» In an affidavit, a witness stated that they smelled a “horrible odor of something burning in a gravel pit on the evening of Oct. 31.
» The Dassey garage was never luminoled or examined for any DNA evidence, Zellner said that Bobby hung a deer in the Dassey garage on Nov. 4.
» Zellner says that Halbach’s body burned at a smelter at 3 a.m. on Nov. 4. Brendan Dassey’s stepfather, Scott Tadych, worked the night shift at a smelter facility.
» Halbach’s electronics were not burned in Steven’s burn barrel; they were burned in Dassey burn barrel.
» Zellner’s suspect knew Steven’s finger re-bled on Nov. 3 because he observed it.
» The suspect had access to Steven’s trailer to remove blood from the sink.
» According to Zellner, only her suspect knew the blood in the sink was Steven’s and not Halbach’s, ruling out the police.
» The suspect planted blood in RAV4, bones in Steven’s burn pit, and Halbach’s electronics in Steven’s burn barrel.
» In conclusion, Zellner says that the killer is “the person who had the access and opportunity to plant Steven Avery’s fresh blood in Teresa Halbach’s car.”