The attorney for one of the men serving prison time for the murder of Teresa Halbach has identified the Wisconsin inmate who claims he — not Steven Avery — is responsible for her death.
As reported by Newsweek, convicted murderer Joseph Evans Jr. sent a letter to Avery’s defense attorney Katherine Zellner, claiming that he killed Halbach in 2005 and subsequently framed Avery for the crime.
Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted of Halbach’s murder and are serving life sentences, though both maintain their innocence. Avery had previously been wrongly convicted of rape and later released; his case was the subject of the popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”
Joseph Evans Jr.: Convicted killer claims he killed "Making a Murderer" victim Teresa Halbach https://t.co/yaNyuNGCxI
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 25, 2019
Evans Jr. sent Zellner the handwritten letter just over a week after she had announced a $100,000 reward for information that could lead to Halbach’s “real” killer. In the letter, he reportedly says that he accidentally hit the 25-year-old woman with his car, leading her to hit her head on a rock. Evans Jr. said he then framed Avery for her death.
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) September 24, 2019
The convict, who is serving a life sentence in a Wisconsin prison for the murder of his wife, also said he wanted an additional $250,000 if his confession leads to Avery’s exoneration, and appeared to demand $2,000 be deposited into his prison commissary account in order to move forward, according to the Newsweek report.
Three years ago, Evans Jr. reportedly circulated a letter to the media, claiming that Avery had confessed to murdering Halbach while they were cellmates at a prison in Boscobel, Wisconsin.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the filmmaker of a so-called sequel to “Making a Murderer” told Newsweek that a Wisconsin inmate had confessed to Halbach’s murder during interviews for the upcoming documentary series, but declined to identify the man he described as a convicted murderer.
“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,” Shawn Rech, director of “Convicting a Murderer,” told Newsweek.
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[Feature image: Steven Avery/AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool, File; Theresa Halbach/Handout]