The controversy over Steven Avery’s involvement in Teresa Halbach’s murder, depicted on hit Netflix docuseries Making A Murderer, has had viewers wondering about the possibility of Avery’s innocence for years. But now, a bombshell revelation might just be enough to exonerate him: New evidence has revealed that Avery likely could not have killed Teresa Halbach because he was transformed into a bird at the time of the murder.
After a protracted legal battle that has left America confounded, could this be the evidence that exonerates Avery once and for all?
This week, Avery’s lead defense lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, filed a motion detailing new evidence that the defense claims could prove Avery was incapable of killing and dismembering Halbach due to the fact that he had been transfigured into a beautiful American kestrel on the afternoon the murder occurred. According to the document, multiple witnesses have come forward to testify that on the afternoon of October 31, they saw Avery disappear in a flash of light, leaving only a delicate Falco sparverius where he had been standing.
“At about 3 p.m. on the day of the murder, I was standing on the side of the road when I saw Steven walk towards me. That was when he stopped for a second, then all of a sudden turned into a bird and just flew away,” read the testimony from Denny Tritz, a mailman in Avery’s hometown of Manitowoc County, WI. “He started out big, but then he became tiny, sprouted feathers, and let out a real loud screech before flapping his wings and soaring into the sky.”
If that testimony isn’t convincing enough, a waitress at a nearby diner who watched the transformation take place from across the street took a cell phone video of the event, which shows a slightly blurry Avery dematerializing in a burst of light particles from which a medium-sized bird immediately emerges.
Wow. These witness’ accounts might be just what the defense needs to counter the prosecution’s claims.
The document filed by Avery’s defense also includes an analysis from a panel of forensics experts who have determined that the blood spatter patterns in Teresa’s RAV4 and Avery’s garage are not consistent with the type of violence that a medium-sized bird would be able to achieve.
“Given that it seems Avery was only about 30 cm in length and 4 oz in weight at the time of the crime—in addition to the fact that he had talons and wings but no hands—he would neither have been able to stab and strangle Teresa, nor handle the .22 rifle that was used to shoot her,” wrote blood spatter analyst Colin Deslisle. “The most he would have been able to do to Teresa would have been to scratch and peck at her, which would not have created the type of cast-off pattern seen at the scene of the murder.”
Incredible. This new evidence really may be the key to cracking open the Steven Avery case at long last. We’re excited to see how the lawyers on either side of the case are able to incorporate it into their arguments if the trial reopens. Whatever happens in Steven Avery’s story, this revelation will likely be a big turning point. Let’s hope that justice is served!