UPDATE: Judge Assigned in Steven Avery Civil Case

By: Associated Press Email
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The civil case for one of the state

Steven Avery

UPDATE: Wed 9:28 AM, Nov. 6, 2013

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- The civil case for one of the state's most notorious homicides is moving forward.

The family of Teresa Halbach filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2006 against Steven Avery, and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, seeking unspecified monetary damages.

They were convicted of killing the 25-year-old photographer on the family property near Mishicot on Oct. 31, 2005.

Sheboygan Press Media reports Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge Angela Sutkiewicz has been assigned to the case.

The civil case had been on hold because it overlapped the criminal case and unsuccessful appeals by both men, though it now appears to be moving forward.

The killing drew extraordinary attention because Avery had spent 18 years in prison for rape before DNA samples proved another man committed that crime.

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UPDATE: Wed 2:40 PM, Aug 14, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court won't hear a Manitowoc man's arguments for a new trial in one of the state's most notorious homicides.

Brendan Dassey, now 23, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 41 years in 2007 in connection with the 2005 slaying of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.

The killing drew extraordinary attention because Dassey's uncle, Steven Avery, also was convicted in the crime. Avery had spent 18 years in prison for rape before DNA samples proved another man committed that crime.

Dassey's attorneys contend police coerced his confession and his trial attorneys were ineffective. A state appeals court rejected those arguments this past January.

The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday it won't hear Dassey's case. The announcement offered no explanation.

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ORIGINAL STORY : 10:33 AM, Dec 15, 2010

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has denied a Manitowoc County man's request for a new trial on charges that he helped kill a young woman in 2005.

According to online court records, Judge Jerome Fox denied Brendan Dassey's motions for a new trial and to suppress the videotaped confession he made to police.

Dassey was sentenced to life with no parole for 41 years for his alleged role in the killing of Teresa Halbach.

Defense attorneys argued that police coerced Dassey into a confession. They also say his lawyers at the time were ineffective because they were more interested in a plea agreement than in mounting a vigorous defense.

But WLUK-TV reports the judge rejected that argument.


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