Tuesday 6 December 2016

Making a Murderer: Steven Avery’s lawyer says mobile phone records provide 'airtight alibi' for Avery

Published 08/03/2016 | 10:04

Steven Avery
Steven Avery

Steven Avery's lawyer claims mobile phone records from the day of Teresa Halbach's disappearance prove her client is innocent of her murder.

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Katherine Zellner has been reexamining all the evidence in the case prior to a new appeal to free Avery who has been incarcerated since 2007 when he was convicted of Halbach's murder.

Avery (53) is serving life with no chance of parole.

On Sunday Zellner tweeted, "Cellphone records of SA & TH provide airtight alibi for him.  She left property he didn't. #MakingAMurderer #UnmakingAMurderer".

This implies Halbach's phone was used after she left Avery's Auto Salvage yard where she had come to photograph a truck and was last seen alive.

In the documentary phone record evidence of incoming and outgoing calls was submitted by the prosecution showing calls from Avery to Teresa's phone on the day she disappeared at 2.24pm and 2.35pm.

Prosecutor Ken Kratz pointed out that Avery had used the *67 feature, which hides the dialler's number, to make those calls before she arrived at the property.

He called again at 4.35pm without using the *67 feature, and this was, according to Kratz, because he was trying "to establish the alibi call after she's already been there".

Steven Avery is shown in a booking photo from the Netflix documentary series 'Making a Murderer'. Photo: Reuters
Steven Avery is shown in a booking photo from the Netflix documentary series 'Making a Murderer'. Photo: Reuters

The documentary also revealed that Halbach's ex-boyfriend Ryan Hillegas and her brother Mike had hacked her voicemail to listen to her messages.

Mike said he had not deleted any messages but a phone network engineer testified that Teresa's call log as presented at the trial did not have enough messages to fill up the capacity of the mailbox.

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