Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Steven Avery’s false conviction

On December 14, 1985, Steven Avery was convicted of raping and beating a woman out for a morning jog. He was sentenced to 32 years and served 18 before he was exonerated using DNA evidence. In 2005, while Avery was in the midst of suing the county, Sheriff and DA that put him away, he was charged with the murder of Theresa Halbach. Avery argued that he was being framed but was found guilty and sentenced to life.

The Halloween murder of Teresa Halbach

On Halloween, 2005, photographer Teresa Halbach drove to Avery Auto Salvage to take pictures of a minivan for Auto Trader Magazine. She disappeared. The shop’s owner, Steven Avery, had been exonerated after serving 18 years for rape, was convicted of Halbach’s murder.

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