MANITOWOC, Wisconsin – A new attorney has stepped in to assist Steven Avery in his defense, according to ABC News.
Avery, made famous in the Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer,’ has been claiming his innocence since his conviction.
Kathleen Zellner of The Law Firm of Kathleen Zellner and Associates, P.C. in Downers Grove, Illinois, announced on Friday that her firm “will be assuming the full and complete representation of Steven Avery in all criminal matters.”
“The Zellner Law Firm is looking forward to adding Mr. Avery to its long list of wrongful conviction exonerations,” she said in the announcement.
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 8, 2016
Zellner’s firm has previously represented Ryan Ferguson, who was wrongly convicted of murder. She was also the attorney for Mario Casciaro who appealed a 26-year prison sentence for the murder of a missing teen.
Avery was wrongfully convicted in the 80s for raping a jogger in his hometown of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. DNA evidence exonerated him in 2003.
Just two years later, Avery was accused of killing Teresa Halbach and was convicted in 2007. He is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Avery has already appealed his case, but the verdict was upheld in 2011.