Making a Murderer: Could Teresa Halbach's death certificate unearth more questions about case against Steven Avery?
Amateur sleuths claim to have unearthed more evidence which may help Steven Avery's case.
Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, which charted Avery's trial for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, laid the foundation for doubts about the efficiency of the American justice system and particularly the Manitowoc County police department.
With Avery (53) serving a life sentence without parole, fans of the documentary, along with Avery's new lawyer Kathleen Zellner, have been digging for new evidence which may help to prove his innocence.
Zellner recently revealed that she had unearthed new forensic evidence to aid his cause, and now fans believe Teresa Halback's death certificate proves more inconsistencies in the case.
Uproxx has released a report on the certificate, which they point out is littered with contradictions, not least the fact that the under the 'Body Found' section the 'No' box is ticked while under the 'Autopsy Performed' section the 'Yes' box has been ticked.
Also, under 'Immediate Cause of Death' the word 'Undetermined' is crossed out and replaced with 'Homicide'.
The report further points out that the cert was issued on November 10, 2005. This was just one day after the Calumet County coroner received Halbach's bone fragments, the same day Avery was charged with murder.
The cert was also written six weeks before the bones were positively identified as Halbach's on January 19.
"These dates are important because Steven Avery was charged with murder on November 9, and in order to do that, there must be proof of death. So, it seems like the paperwork on Halbach’s death certificate was pushed through improperly so charges could be laid," reads the report.
The date of the cert is also significant, they claim, because District Attorney Denis Vogel and Sheriff Tom Kocourek were both due to be deposed on November 10 and 15 respectively.
Both had been involved in Avery's original trial for murder in 1985 in which he was convicted but later cleared. Following Avery's 2005 arrest those depositions never went ahead.
Avery's lawyer Zellner has requested an appeal hearing.