Convicted murderer 'confesses' to killing victim from Netflix's Making a Murderer

A prison inmate has reportedly confessed to murdering the victim featured in hit Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer.

Steven Avery, 57, is serving life in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach, 25, in rural Wisconsin in 2005.

Ms Halbach’s charred remains were found on Avery’s land.

His nephew Brendan Dassey, 29, was also convicted of helping him. Both men maintain their innocence.

The investigation into Ms Halbach’s murder was the subject of Netflix’s doco Making a Murderer.

Steven Avery appears during his sentencing with his lawyer Jerome Buting listens at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Wisconsin in 2007.
Steven Avery sits with his lawyer Jerome Buting during his sentencing for murder in 2007. Source: AAP

Shawn Rech, who directed the series, told Newsweek his crew have been given a confession from a “notable” convicted murderer serving time in Wisconsin.

Rech told the publication he’s yet to confirm whether it’s legitimate but added the confession did not come from Avery or Dassey.

The person who confessed hasn’t been identified but is said to be a man.

Opinions are divided on the guilt of both men.

Pictured is Teresa Halbach.
Teresa Halbach who was murdered in 2005 in rural Wisconsin. Source: AAP

Dassey’s case went to the Supreme Court for appeal in June last year.

The prosecution's case against Dassey rested entirely on a highly controversial police interrogation of the adolescent - a young man of limited intellect - and on his eventual confession.

He was 16 at the time.

As cameras rolled, Dassey was questioned for hours, with no lawyer present, by investigators who used questionable tactics to persuade the young man to provide incriminating testimony against himself and his uncle.

However, the court ruled against hearing the case.

Brendan Dassey appears in court at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 2007.
Brendan Dassey during a court appearance in 2007. There's been criticism as to how police obtained a confession from him given his intellectual disability. Source: AAP

In 2016, a federal judge in Chicago overturned the conviction of Dassey. A three-judge panel later upheld that ruling, finding that the young man's confession had been coerced.

But in December 2017, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the state of Wisconsin, which has argued forcibly against Dassey's liberation, calling him a "serious threat to public safety”.

Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner filed a 1200-page motion to overturn his conviction in 2017.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice labelled it “ridiculous”.

Steven Avery listens to testimony in the courtroom at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton, Wisconsin in 2007.
Avery has maintained his innocence. He's serving life for murdering Ms Halbach. Source: AAP

With AFP

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