Convicted killer contradicts himself in Steven Avery confession

Published: Sep. 24, 2019 at 11:40 AM CDT
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Steven Avery's attorney has tweeted photos of a handwritten confession from a convicted murderer claiming to be the killer of Teresa Halbach.

"We received the handwritten confession on Saturday. It is worthless unless it is corroborated," Kathleen Zellner tweeted Monday.

Zellner tweeted photos of several pages of the confession. "Let's see. You be the judge of the credibility of this confession," says Zellner.

The letter is signed by a Boscobel inmate named Joseph W. Evans Jr. Evans is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife in Marinette County. He was found guilty of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide at jury trial in 2009.

In the letter, Evans claims he's offering up details for the $100,000 reward to find "the real killer" of Teresa Halbach. Evans claims that he hit Teresa Halbach with his vehicle outside a trailer at the Avery property on Oct. 31, 2005.. He claims he also shot her several times and burned her remains, cell phone and other evidence. Evans claims there is a lot more to the "cover up" and for the reward money he will give up the information.

Evans has previously stated that Avery confessed to the killing of Teresa Halbach.

that he and Avery struck up a friendship while both were serving their sentences at Wisconsin Secured Prison Facility located in Boscobel. Online Department of Corrections records show Evans and Avery were both housed at the Southwestern Wisconsin prison back in 2010 when Evans says these conversations took place.

"To Steven’s followers: Do not be discouraged by recent events. We have some very credible tips and when verified we will send to LE. No more publicity stunts!! No more deposit slips," tweeted Zellner.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice says Evans' new confession letter contradicts previous statements he's made.

“The Wisconsin Department of Justice has received the new information related to the case. DOJ takes all credible reports seriously, but it’s important to note that this new information directly contradicts information previously provided by the same individual," reads a DOJ statement provided to Action 2 News.

This all comes after a Newsweek report that a documentary filmmaker was given the confession during filming of his new series on the Avery case.

Shawn Rech is filming the series "Convicting a Murderer" about the convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for the murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.

The case has been covered over two seasons of Netflix show "Making A Murderer." Filmmakers presented theories that Avery and Dassey were not responsible for the killing of the freelance photographer.

"We haven't confirmed the legitimacy of the confession, but seeing as it was given by a notable convicted murderer from Wisconsin, we feel responsible to deliver any and all possible evidence to law enforcement and legal teams," Rech told Newsweek.

for the full story in Newsweek.

Steven Avery is appealing his 2007 conviction of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. Attorney Zellner says an unidentified person is offering a $100,000 reward for "the arrest and conviction of the real killer of Teresa Halbach." A tip number is set up at 630-847-3733.

Zellner says her investigative team is looking into credible tips and disregarding ones without corroboration.

In August, a circuit court judge denied Avery's request for a new trial based on investigators' handling of bone evidence.

Judge Angela Sutkiewicz issued a ruling that Avery failed to meet his burden to show the law for preserving evidence was violated or his constitutional rights were violated.

Avery's case is now in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District 2. Zellner is set to file her brief in the appeal on Oct. 14.

Zellner argues that remains found at a Manitowoc County gravel pit belonged to Teresa Halbach, and that would undermine the prosecution's argument that Halbach was killed and her remains were destroyed on Avery's property on Oct. 31, 2005.

The state handed the gravel pit bones over to the Halbach family in 2011. Zellner says the State of Wisconsin violated Youngblood v. Arizona when it returned the bones to the Halbach family but failed to inform Steven Avery.

Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, is also serving a life sentence for the Halbach murder. Dassey appealed up to the United States Supreme Court based on claims that his confession was coerced by investigators. The Supreme Court declined to hear Dassey's argument.