Friday 14 December 2018

WATCH: 'I don’t have any difficulty in saying, personally, I think he is innocent' - Making A Murderer lawyer Jerry Buting

'Making A Murderer' lawyer speaks in Belfast

Kirsten Elder

Well-known criminal defence lawyer Jerry Buting has said he has "no difficulty" in saying that Steven Avery is innocent of murder.

The lawyer, from Wisconsin, USA, visited Belfast for the European Young Bar Association spring conference.

He is best known for defending Steven Avery in the Teresa Halbach murder trail on the popular hit Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’.

The Netflix documentary hit has become addictive viewing for millions around the world.

Steven Avery served 18 years in prison after being arrested in 1985 for sexual assault, he was wrongly accused and released after DNA proved his innocence in 2003.

Shortly after this, Avery was arrested for a second time, this time for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

The Avery case is under appeal and Defense attorney Kathleen Zellner took on the case in late January 2016.

Lawyer Jerry Buting said today: “I don’t have any difficulty in saying, personally, I think he is innocent.”

Mr Buting is in Belfast for the European Young Bar Association Spring conference where he is guest speaker.

Solicitors and barristers from around Europe will attend the conference where they will address Northern Ireland's position as "a hotbed of investment" according to hosts, the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors Association (NIYSA).

Invest NI and representatives from international law firms will complement the list of speakers. The European Young Bar Association Spring Conference will take place at Belfast's Ten Square from April 7-9.

Belfast Telegraph

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