The lawyer for "Making a Murderer" subject Steven Avery has announced a $100,000 reward to find the "real killer."
Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey are both serving life in prison for the 2005 slaying of photographer Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin. The 57-year-old Avery, who had previously spent 18 years behind bars for crimes he did not commit, maintains his innocence and claims he has been wrongly jailed again.
Attorney Kathleen Zellner wrote on Twitter on Monday that a “private individual” is funding the reward, which is being offered for “the arrest and conviction of the real killer of Teresa Halbach.”
Avery was convicted of killing Halbach in a trial in Manitowoc County in 2007, four years after DNA evidence forced his release from prison in connection with the previous unrelated charges.
A request for a new trial was turned down last month, but his lawyers are planning an appeal. Zellner says the reward offer has nothing to do with the “merits” of the appeal, which will be filed on Oct. 10.
Avery was initially featured in the Netflix true crime docuseries in 2015. “Making A Murderer 2,” which debuted last year, continues to follow Avery and Dassey in their legal battles.
Zellner says all tips in the case should be called in to (630) 847-3733.