Steven Avery’s Lawyer Offers $100,000 Reward For The ‘Real Killer’ Of Teresa Halbach, Gets Mocked


Kathleen Zellner came out the gates hot in 2016 when it was revealed the former Lawyer Magazine’s Person of the Year would be representing Steven Avery in the wake of attorneys Dean Strang and Gary Buting losing their case against the state of Wisconsin.

Zellner, who has overturned 17 wrongful convictions and even obtained the release of a death row inmate after convincing the real murderer to confess to the murder, initially went on tweet storms that would indicate she and her team were well on their way to exonerate Steven Avery for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2003. All of those tweets have since been deleted.

It appears that now, after Avery’s appeal for a new trial was rejected earlier this year, Zellner is employing a last gasp strategy.

In a press release posted to her Twitter account, the Chicago-based lawyer has reached out to the public to find Halbach’s real killer, offering a six-figure reward to any information that leads to an arrest.

“We are pleased to announce that a reward of $100,000 is being offered, by a concerned citizen, for the arrest and conviction of the real killer of Teresa Halbach. All tips should be called in to (630) 847-3733.”

The “money talks” approach was largely mocked in the subsequent subtweets, especially in light of Zellner being so bullish about their chances.

Bobby Dassey is Steven Avery’s nephew who Zellner once introduced to be a potential suspect. He was never looked into by law enforcement after the crime.

Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, is also serving a life sentence for the Halbach murder. His most recent appeal that his confession was coerced would not even be heard by the United States Supreme Court.


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