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Brendan Dassey Pleads Not Guilty to Helping Uncle (Steve Avery) Rape and Kill Teresa Halbach

Brendan Dassey, 16, pleaded not guilty Friday to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, sexually assault and kill a photographer. He also pleaded not guilty to then burning Teresa Halbach’s body and cleaning up the blood.

Brendan Dassey’s attorney told the court the teen had been threatened by his uncle, 43-year-old Steven Avery, who is also accused in the Oct. 31 slaying.

“He essentially has been victimized by Mr. Avery as well,” Ralph Sczygelski said.

Because some how the individual who came forward and told police of his uncle’s horrendous crimes and his participation in it is some how a victim? Brendan Dassey, you could have walked/ran away from the scene and called the authorities.

Dassey’s mother, Barb Janda, told the judge Friday that her son was forced to do the crime. “He didn’t do this on his own,” she said.

This family who has been proclaiming Avery’s and now Dassey’s innocence need to remember one fact in this case and that is who the victim is.

Special prosecutor Ken Kratz rebutted the characterization of the boy as a victim.

“There is only one victim in this case: Miss Halbach,” he said.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and Judge Jerome Fox set bail at $250,000 cash.

Young Accomplice-Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Halbach Murder Case

Sixteen-year-old Brendan Dassey is in a juvenile detention center in Sheboygan County after a judge set his bail at a quarter of a million dollars cash.

Hours later came word that Dassey’s defense attorney has to step away from the case. The Associated Press reports Ralph Sczygelski just learned he is a distant relative of the victim, Teresa Halbach.

Investigators say Dassey confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and murder Halbach last October 31, then burn her remains to cover up the crime.

March 4th, 2006 at 12:41am Posted by | Rape, Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | 3 comments

Steven Avery’s 16 year old Nephew, Brendan Dassey, Charged in Halbach Murder

In what can only be described as disturbing, the 16 year old nephew of Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, has also been charged in the murder of Teresa Halabach. The nature of this crime defies belief.


In chilling detail he explains how Dassey returned home from school and walked over to his uncle’s trailer house to deliver some mail.

According to the complaint, Dassey heard a woman screaming while he was still several hundred feet away from the trailer, the screams got louder as he approached the door and knocked.

The complaint states that his uncle, Steven Avery answered the door, partially clothed and sweating.

Avery then allegedly asked Dassey to participate in a sexual encounter and led the boy to his bedroom where Theresa Halbach was naked and shackled to the bed.

In the complaint Dassey says Halbach pleaded for her life.

And to think this person, Steven Avery, was let out of prison because he was falsely imprisoned? Maybe it was just a hunch. In what can only be described as just an ungodly act, Steven Avery congratulates his nephew and then tells him how he will murder Teresa Halbach.

“During the rape, Teresa is begging for help, begging 16 year old Brendan to stop that you can stop this. After the sexual assault is completed, Steven Avery tells Brendan what a good job he did, takes Brendan into the other room and now describes for Brendan his intent to murder Teresa Halbach,” explains Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz.
(NBC 15 Madison)


Prosecutor Details Teresa Halbach’s Horror

What happened to murder victim Teresa Halbach was slow and it was brutal, and she had been set up. Special prosecutor Ken Kratz made that clear in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

The details about Halbach’s last hours were so graphic at times, it seemed the prosecutor had a hard time talking about it. And it was hard for people in the room to listen to.

Police say they now know that Halbach was imprisoned, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled before she died.

Steven Avery since he was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach has denied the charges. At one point from prison he had even stated before her body was found that she may still be alive.

Well Avery, there is not only DNA evidence … there is now a witness who has already implicated himself in the crime pointing the finger at you. I guess the police are responsible for this as well?

Kratz said Steven Avery’s 16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, is charged with being party to the crimes of first-degree intentional homicide, sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse. Kratz also said Avery will face additional criminal charges, including sexual assault, kidnapping, and false imprisonment.

The boy confessed his role and also implicated his uncle when investigators re-interviewed him Wednesday after noticing discrepancies in his stories and the physical evidence, Calumet County Sheriff Jerry Pagel said.

March 2nd, 2006 at 08:39pm Posted by | Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | 6 comments

Friend of Steven Avery saw Body Parts in Burn Pit

A witness has come forward in the Steven Aver murder case that states he saw body parts in a burn pit while helping clean up at the Avery family’s auto salvage yard. according to reports, the unidentified witness kept this information a secret because he states, Steven Avery threatened to kill him if she said anding.

A friend of Steven Avery has told authorities he saw body parts in a burn pit while helping clean up around the Avery family’s auto salvage yard in rural Manitowoc County the week freelance photographer Teresa Halbach was reported missing in early November.

The friend told investigators from the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice that he kept the discovery a secret until this week because Avery threatened to kill him if he told anyone what he had seen, according to two sources familiar with recent developments in the investigation.

According to Herald Times, relatives of the witness said Avery asked for help in cleaning up around the salvage yard property.

The young friend agreed to assist and was putting flammable materials in the pit at Avery’s request when he saw body parts.

According to the mother of the witness, Avery said: “If you say anything, what I did to her I’ll do the same to you.”

“That’s why it took him so long to bring it out, because he was afraid,” she said.

The witness had been questioned early in the investigation but denied any knowledge of the crime. Recently, he had been losing weight and had become more withdrawn, according to two of his relatives.
(Manitowoc Herald Times )

March 1st, 2006 at 08:54pm Posted by | Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | 3 comments

Steven Avery Murder Trial of Teresa Halbach Set Still for September

Even with the recent change of attorneys by Steven Avery to Dean Strang, Esq. the trial will still begin in September. Steven Avery will face murder charges in the death of Teresa Halbach.

Avery hired Strang, a former federal public defender, after Avery settled a federal civil law suit against Manitowoc County and become ineligible for representation by the state Public Defenders Office.

Manitowoc County Judge Patrick Willis, who approved the withdrawal of assistant state public defenders Erik Loy and Craig Johnson Friday, has extended the deadline for filing of motions by the two sides to May 1.
(Herald Times Reporter )

February 27th, 2006 at 05:08pm Posted by | Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | no comments

Steven Avery, Don’t Spend your Settlement Money Yet. Teresa Halbach’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit

Just one day after Steven Avery settled his wrongful imprisonment case for $400,000; the family of Teresa Halbach filed a wrongful death suit against Avery. Don’t spend the money too quickly Steven Avery. It appears that and much more may be leaving your wallet just as fast as you received it.

The family of a photographer allegedly murdered by a man who had served 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit filed a wrongful death suit against him Wednesday.

The civil suit was filed in Calumet County Circuit Court in Chilton a day after Steven Avery settled his lawsuit against Manitowoc County authorities who wrongfully convicted him for a 1985 rape.

Avery, 43, was charged in November with first-degree intentional homicide and mutilating a corpse in the death of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach, of Hilbert.
(Duluth News Tribune)

Following the settlement Avery’s attorney for that case, Steven Glynn, said Tuesday that Avery would use the money to try to get released on bail and for his defense. Released on bail? Yea, good look Steven. Hopefully this new found money of yours will be heading off to the Halbach family soon.

Tim Halbach, an attorney and older brother of Teresa Halbach, filed the wrongful death suit, which did not specify a dollar amount in it, he said.

The suit is “our remedy,” he said.

I think the majority of people believe a wrongful death suit trumps a wrongful imprisonment any day.

February 16th, 2006 at 01:59am Posted by | Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | no comments

$400,000 Settlement reached in Avery Wrongful Imprisonment lawsuit

In the category of what the hell are you thinking comes the Steven Avery settlement in his wrongful rape conviction. The initial 36 million dollar lawsuit brought on by Steven Avery against Manitowoc County has been settled for $400,000.00. Steven Avery spent 18 years in prison on a wrongful conviction on a 1985 rape.

Steven Avery and Manitowoc County have settled Avery’s $36 million civil lawsuit against the county and former officials, and the suit has been dismissed.

Attorney Ray Pollen, who represents former Sheriff Thomas Kocourek, said Avery and his attorneys, Walter Kelly and co-counsel Steven Glynn, have agreed to “dismiss all claims against the county” in return for $400,000.

Even though Steven Avery spent 18 years in jail on a wrongful rape conviction, with the recent events of the death of Teresa Halbach one would be hard pressed to see any jury awarding this man a dime. Also adding to the list of alleged crimes is a complaint filed in August 2004 by a woman who claims she was assaulted by Avery. The charges have yet to be investigated by the DA.

The suit said the county, Kocourek and former District Attorney Denis Vogel were negligent in the investigation and prosecution of Avery on a 1985 sexual assault charge.

Avery was convicted and spent 18 years in prison before he was freed in 2003 after DNA evidence exonerated him.

The agreement was reached Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, records show. Minutes from a conference said “the parties have settled,” but no other details were listed.

An order to dismiss was drafted to be signed by Adelman.
(Green Bay Press Gazette)

Avery is now jailed in Calumet County awaiting trial on charges related to the October 31 disappearance and death of Teresa Halbach.

Avery Settled Federal Lawsuit

His attorney for the civil case, Stephen Glynn says, Avery needs bail money in the homicide case and wants to hire a private attorney. He is currently represented by two public defenders. Pollen says the county’s insurers agreed to the settlement to ‘buy finality.’ (WXOW)

False rape case pays for murder defense

Pollen said the county’s insurers agreed to the settlement to “buy finality.”

Avery, who was convicted largely on the victim’s testimony, became a symbol of flawed criminal justice upon his release.

Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill in December in response to Avery’s rape case. The bill made several changes to the criminal justice system, including allowing courts to order post-conviction DNA testing; requiring written policies on the use of eyewitnesses; and setting guidelines for preserving DNA evidence.

February 16th, 2006 at 12:59am Posted by | Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | one comment

Prosecutor evaluating sex assault allegation against Steven Avery

District Attorney John Zakowski will evaluate the sexual assault allegation as a special prosecutor against Steven Avery. Another sexual assault?

“At this point, what we have to do is meet with the victim and then evaluate the case and then decide under these circumstances whether we proceed with charges or wait pending the outcome of the murder case,” Zakowski said. “If (Avery) is sentenced to life without parole, he’s going to be of no threat to the victim and the fact is you know proceeding with charges could expose the victim to a media circus.”

Meanwhile Steven Avery already faces charges in the murder of Teresa Halbach. Why was the man walking the streets?

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Brown County’s top prosecutor said Friday he will evaluate an allegation of sexual assault against Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit and now is awaiting trial in a woman’s murder in Manitowoc County.

District Attorney John Zakowski said he was asked to evaluate the sexual assault allegation as a special prosecutor.

The murder case against Avery in the death last fall of Teresa Halbach is being prosecuted by Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz because of Avery’s civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County seeking damages for the rape conviction that sent him to prison.

Avery was freed in September 2003.

Inspector Rob Hermann of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department said the sexual assault complaint was filed in August 2004 and immediately referred to Calumet County investigators due to the conflict of interest in Manitowoc County because of the lawsuit.
(Duluth News Tribune)

DA looks at possible new Avery case

“I think we’d be looking at what is in the best interest of the victim, considering all the circumstances,” Zakowski said. “It may be a better route to wait to see what happens in the murder case. If (Avery) is sentenced to life without parole, he’s going to be of no threat to the victim and the fact is you know proceeding with charges could expose the victim to a media circus.

“That could be difficult for the victim and would really result in no additional potential time for Mr. Avery if he is convicted of the homicide.”
(Appleton Post Crescent)

February 4th, 2006 at 03:21pm Posted by | Crime/Murder, Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | one comment

Steven Avery; Past Cards from Jail Tell Much about the man

Steven Avery, who was wrongly convicted of a rape and spent six years in prison, seems to have been hardly a model citizen.

While Avery did serve time for a rape he did not commit, six years of his 18-year sentence was for an incident in which he ran off the road and pointed a rifle directly at her. He let her go after seeing her baby in the car.

In that incident, Avery was charged with endangering safety and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.

Avery was a felon due to burglary convictions from the 1980′s.

Steven Avery has said he’s not violent, but these letters may tell a different story. Letters that were attained by CBS 5. Wait until you read the following information that Steve Avery wrote while he was in jail.

When Steven Avery went to prison in 1986, he was married and a father of four.

In 1987, his wife filed for divorce which apparently angered him. We found a photocopy of an Easter card that Steven Avery sent to his children in 1988. Bears and raccoons grace the cover. A cute well-wish to a child from a Father. But, inside of this card reveals a different message. It reads, “Daddy will git mom when daddy gits out. I will…I hate mom.Kiss Daddy here. Love Daddy.”

The same card sent to his sons reads, Daddy will be out soon and daddy will pick you four kids up and run and run. Happy time to come for us. I hate mom. She will pay.”

The same card sent to his sons reads, Daddy will be out soon and daddy will pick you four kids up and run and run. Happy time to come for us. I hate mom. She will pay.

Avery also wrote threatening letters to his ex-wife. One reads, I will kill you. Ha Ha.

A second reads, Your car ain’t going to run.”

Ever get the feeling that even though Steven Avery was wrongfully convicted, maybe he might have been in the right place after all?

January 21st, 2006 at 01:41am Posted by | Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | 6 comments

FBI Confirms Remains Those of Teresa Halbach

It’s been almost three months since the Teresa Halbach disappeared, but it wasn’t until today that everyone knew for certain whose remains were found on Avery’s Salvage Yard property. Today the FBI confirmed what we pretty much already knew in our hearts; the bones and remains found at the Avery Salvage Yard were that of Teresa Halbach.

Sheriff Jerry Pagel says the FBI confirms that the bones found at Steven Avery’s family salvage yard are those of 25 year old Teresa Halbach. The FBI report contained and confirmed the following gruesome findings:

The report from FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia says Mitochondrial DNA analysis of evidentiary remains found in a burn pit match the DNA sample of Halbach’s mother.

Investigators say they found Avery’s and Halbach’s blood in her SUV found on the property, as well as pieces of Halbach’s bones and teeth in a burn pit near Avery’s trailer.
(NBC 15)

Sheriff: Remains are Halbach’s

He said the FBI analysis “is consistent with the DNA analysis conducted by the Wisconsin Crime Lab, determining the charred remains found on the Avery property are that of the victim, Teresa Halbach.”

Pagel said no additional comments on the evidence would be made at this time.

Halbach’s brother, Mike, told The Post-Crescent the FBI findings confirm what the family already believed – but should still help in the case against Avery.

“It just confirms what we already knew at least a month ago when we saw the death certificate,” he said. “(The FBI and state Crime Lab) both came up with the same results. It should eliminate any talk about her not being out there.”

He said the family, which had a memorial service for Teresa in November, does plan to bury the remains when they are finally released by the court.

State Crime Lab scientists earlier had said the chances of the remains not being Halbach’s were one in a billion.
(Appleton Post-Crescent)

FBI identifies remains as Halbach

January 19th, 2006 at 08:08pm Posted by | Found Deceased, Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | one comment

Big Surprise; Steven Avery will enter not guilty pleas Tuesday to charges in Halbach Murder

To the absolute surprise to know one, Steven Avery will likely enter “not guilty” pleas to charges he abducted and murdered Teresa Halbach this Tuesday in court. Steven Avery is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Avery’s attorneys plan ask that his $500,000 cash bond be reduced when they make a brief appearance in a morning session before Manitowoc County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Willis.

Willis, who last month ordered Avery to stand trial on charges related to the Oct. 31 disappearance of Halbach, a 25-year-old freelance photographer from Calumet County, will also set schedules for motions, pretrial hearings and conferences and a trial.

It is expected that defense attorneys for Avery will consider asking for a change of venue because publicity influencing a jury pool. Unless the venue is changed to the moon, it will not matter in this most heinous crime with DNA evidence.

Avery’s attorneys, assistant state public defenders Erik Loy and Craig Johnson, have not commented on the case since Avery’s preliminary hearing, except to say not guilty pleas would be entered.

But Loy has said the defense team will consider asking for a change of venue because publicity may have influenced the jury pool.

Calumet County Dist. Atty. Ken Kratz, the special prosecutor, also has declined comment.

(Post Crescent)

January 16th, 2006 at 10:03pm Posted by | Crime/Murder, Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | 2 comments

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