Crime Stories with Nancy Grace Invites Hunter Shkolnik

In this segment of Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Sirius XM Channel 132) Napoli Shkolnik Partner Hunter Shkolnik joins the discussion about the latest controversy involving the Steven Avery case. A judge recently rejected a request for a new trial despite hundreds of thousands of people calling for the pardon of the ‘star’ of the Netflix show “Making A Murderer.”

Lead investigator Detective Tom Fassbender was also a guest on the show and talked through the case after Nancy Grace asks why he is so convinced that Avery committed the rape and murder. Fassbender explains that there is “overwhelming” scientific and forensic evidence that make him certain that Avery is guilty. He says that many aspects of the investigation were not shown in any of the Netflix episodes.

However, he goes on to say that the jury did see all the evidence, including that concerning Teresa Halbach’s vehicle. Her car was found on Avery’s property and his DNA and blood was found throughout the interior. Halbach’s blood was found in the storage area of the Toyota RAV4, which is where the investigators said her body was stowed after she had been shot.

Many viewers of “Making A Murderer” allege that there were flaws in the investigation and in the way the entire case was handled. They insist that the authorities repeatedly lied and that evidence was planted in their rush to convict Avery.

When asked if Avery if deserves a new trial, Hunter Shkolnik replied that he finds it “very concerning” that the judge would deny a new trial at this point. An appellate court has already disapproved of the way in which information was obtained during the investigation. Mr. Shkolnik makes it clear that he is not suggesting that Steven Avery is innocent or that additional testing or police work should be done, but rather that the “taint” that has loomed over the entire case should be revisited with a new trial.

Steven Avery was convicted for the rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in 2007. Ms. Halbach worked for AutoTrader taking pictures of vehicles for sale. Investigators reporter that Halbach did not want to photograph Avery’s car but that he lured her to his place. The detectives then say that Avery gave numerous varying accounts of what happened next, pointing out that the truth should not change but that his story changed several times.

Avery had previously served over a decade in prison for rape but was exonerated based on DNA evidence. Hunter discusses how Steven Avery has a right to pursue justice for himself in this instance as well. Hunter outlines how there is an agreement between the Wisconsin Attorney General and Avery’s attorneys for additional forensic testing and that if the results yield something substantive for Avery, they will bring another petition for the judge and argue for a new trial.

Hunter Shkolnik adds that he respects the job that law enforcement does but notes that there seem to be instances of questionable conduct by investigators in this case and Avery should be given the opportunity for a new trial.