The Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” has been generating plenty of new discussion, in Wisconsin and beyond, about the 2007 murder trial of Steven Avery, who was found guilty of killing 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.
Avery had spent 18 years in prison for rape until being released in 2003 when DNA showed another man had committed the crime. He was pursuing a lawsuit against Manitowoc County officials when he was arrested in Halbach’s killing in 2005.
His defense in the homicide case argued at trial that Manitowoc County investigators planted evidence to frame Avery for the killing, but a jury found him guilty of first-degree intentional homicide on March 18, 2007. He was sentenced that June to life in prison.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Kertscher broke the story of Avery’s exoneration in 2003 and covered Avery’s weekslong 2007 trial.
Kertscher’s coverage of the trial has been archived at the links below, in some cases with the newspaper pages featuring the stories. The stories are dated based on when they appeared in print.
Jan. 20 2007: Judge in Avery case closes evidence hearing
Jan. 30, 2007: 2 Avery charges dismissed
Jan. 31, 2007: Evidence allowed in Avery trial
Feb. 3, 2007: Judge to allow blood comparison
Feb. 4, 2007: Sheriff’s agency’s role muddies Avery case
Feb. 6, 2007: 9 possible Avery jurors picked
Feb. 8, 2007: 6 are added to Avery jury list
Feb. 9, 2007: Avery jury selection’s final phase set for today
Feb. 10, 2007: Avery jurors have industrial, retiree bent
Feb. 12, 2007: Avery trial marks unusual moment in judicial history
Feb. 13, 2007: Steven Avery trial begins
Feb. 14, 2007: Cousin testifies on finding SUV
Feb. 15, 2007: Nephew implicates Avery
Feb. 16, 2007: Testimony unclear on timing of joke
Feb. 17, 2007: Deputies’ Avery searches supported
Feb. 20, 2007: Avery trial focuses on care in inquiry
Feb. 21, 2007: No Avery evidence planted, officers say
Feb. 22, 2007: Jurors hear Halbach’s phone call
Feb. 23, 2007: Trial focuses on bullet fragments
Feb. 24, 2007: DNA specialist testifies in Avery trial
Feb. 27, 2007: DNA expert’s record ripped
March 1, 2007: Experts testify on remains
March 6, 2007: Planted-blood defense disputed
March 8, 2007: Defense up next in Avery case
March 9, 2007: Witness says she saw victim later
March 10, 2007: Avery experts offer differing views
March 13, 2007: Avery proclaims innocence as defense rests
March 15, 2007: Lawyers make final pitches as Avery trial nears end
March 16, 2007: Avery trial goes to jury
March 18, 2007: Behind the headlines, the personal side of the Avery trial
March 19, 2007: Avery found guilty of killing woman
March 19, 2007: Halbachs back life sentence
June 2, 2007: Avery gets life, no release chance