Real Crime - - Steven Avery -

11 Septem­ber 2003

Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion headed by the Wis­con­sin In­no­cence Project, Steven Av­ery is re­leased from prison af­ter 18 years of be­ing jailed for the rape and at­tempted mur­der of a fe­male jog­ger at Lake Michi­gan in 1982.

12 Oc­to­ber 2004

Av­ery files a law­suit against the US District Court seek­ing $ 36 mil­lion from Man­i­towoc County, in­clud­ing re­tired Sher­iff Thomas Ko­courek and for­mer district at­tor­ney De­nis Vo­gel, for his wrong­ful con­vic­tion and im­pris­on­ment.

31 Oc­to­ber 2005

25- year- old free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher Teresa Hal­bach vis­its the Av­ery Sal­vage Yard at ap­prox­i­mately 2.30pm as part of a job for Au­to­trader mag­a­zine. She has pre­vi­ously at­tended the prop­erty to pho­to­graph Av­ery’s ve­hi­cles and had ex­pressed un­ease over Av­ery’s de­meanour.

3 Novem­ber 2005

In Calumet County Teresa’s mother re­ports her daugh­ter is miss­ing. Calumet County con­tacts Man­i­towoc County of­fi­cials for as­sis­tance with the search. They con­tact Av­ery and two other cus­tomers Teresa had at­tended ap­point­ments with the day she

was last seen alive.

8 Novem­ber 2005

Hal­bach’s car key is found “ly­ing on the floor” of Steven Av­ery’s bed­room af­ter a

one- week search.

15 Novem­ber 2005

Calumet County spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Ken Kratz charges Av­ery with Teresa’s mur­der

and the mu­ti­la­tion of her corpse. He re­veals that Av­ery’s blood was found in

her car.

Jan­uary 2006

Av­ery pleads not guilty to Teresa’s mur­der. Re­mains found at the Av­ery Sal­vage Yard

are con­firmed to be those of Teresa.

Fe­bru­ary 2006

Av­ery’s 2005 wrong­ful con­vic­tion law­suit against Vo­gel, Ki­courek and Man­i­towoc County is set­tled for a to­tal of $ 400,000.

1 March 2006

Po­lice in­ter­ro­gate Av­ery’s 16- year- old nephew Bren­dan Dassey. Al­though he is read his Mi­randa rights he opts to be in­ter­viewed with­out a lawyer present or an ap­pro­pri­ate adult. He ini­tially de­nies know­ing any­thing about Teresa’s mur­der but soon changes his story to in­crim­i­nate him­self, say­ing he raped and slit Teresa’s throat while his un­cle watched, who then shot Teresa in the head.

2 March 2006

Dassey is charged with be­ing party to the first- de­gree homi­cide of Teresa, sex­ual as­sault and mu­ti­la­tion of a corpse.

8 March 2006

Ad­di­tional charges are added to Av­ery’s case re­lat­ing to sex­ual as­sault, kid­nap­ping and false im­pris­on­ment.

29- 30 Jan­uary 2007

Dur­ing a pre- trial rul­ing the judge or­ders that the ad­di­tional charges against Av­ery be dropped and that the jury not be told about Av­ery’s wrong­ful con­vic­tion. The de­fence is given per­mis­sion to pro­ceed with ev­i­dence that a vial con­tain­ing Av­ery’s blood, which was taken in 1982, was un­se­cure ( the de­fence claim that Av­ery’s blood was planted in Teresa’s car).

12 Fe­bru­ary 2007

Av­ery’s trial be­gins. Ken Kratz leads the pros­e­cu­tion while Dean Strang and Jerry But­ing de­fend Av­ery.

March 2007

The jury de­clares Steven Av­ery guilty of in­ten­tional homi­cide, as well as of be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm. He is ac­quit­ted of mu­ti­lat­ing a corpse and later sen­tenced to life in prison with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

25 April 2007

A jury finds Bren­dan Dassey guilty of sex­ual as­sault, party to a homi­cide and mu­ti­la­tion of a corpse. He is sen­tenced to life in prison with the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role in 2048.

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