Making A Murderer's Steven Avery denied a new trial

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But Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz said in a ruling Tuesday that Avery failed to establish grounds to warrant a new trial.

However, Judge Sutkiewicz said in her ruling on Tuesday that given the totality of evidence submitted at the trial, there was no "reasonable probability that a different result would be reached at a new trial".

Avery's nephew Brendan Dassey was also convicted of the killing, but previous year had his conviction overturned as his confession, made when he was 16, was found to have been coerced.

Avery and Mr Dassey were each sentenced to life in jail - in separate trials - for killing Ms Halbach, a freelance photographer, whose charred remains were found at Avery's auto salvage yard a week after she went there to photograph a minivan for sale in 2005.

The documentary centred on the investigation and subsequent conviction of Avery after the remains of Ms. Halbach were found on his property. In light of the fact that his nephew's conviction was overturned, Avery's lawyers were hoping to get a retrial.

Zellner believes that Hillegas should have been more closely investigated because he had a motive and no alibi for his whereabouts on the day of Halbach's murder.

In a 1,272-page document filed on Wednesday, attorney Kathleen Zellner claims that Avery's conviction was based on planted evidence and false testimony.

Avery and Dassey contend they were framed by law enforcement angry with Avery for filing a lawsuit against Manitowoc County over his wrongful imprisonment for a sexual assault he didn't commit.

In November, Zellner announced that an agreement had been signed to begin independent scientific testing on several critical pieces of evidence. Dassey confessed to police that he and his uncle raped and murdered Halbach, but as the Netflix series appeared to show - using video of Dassey's confession - the cognitively disabled 16-year-old was tricked into the confession by investigators. A federal appeals court heard arguments in that case last week.

Both Avery and Dassey maintain their innocence.

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