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Judge assigned in Steven Avery civil case

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – The civil case for one of the state’s most notorious homicides is moving forward.

Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge Angela Sutkiewicz has been assigned to the wrongful death case filed against Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, in the death of Teresa Halbach, according to Sheboygan Press Media reports.

Halbach’s family filed the lawsuit in 2006, seeking unspecified monetary damages.

Avery and his nephew were convicted of killing the 25-year-old photographer on the family property near Mishicot on Oct. 31, 2005.

The civil case had been on hold because it overlapped the criminal case and unsuccessful appeals by both men, though it now appears to be moving forward.

The killing drew extraordinary attention because Avery had spent 18 years in prison for rape before DNA samples proved another man committed that crime.

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Court records show that Avery has filed for a new judicial assignment, which was granted late last month. A telephone scheduling conference is set for Nov. 25 with Sutkiewicz.

The case will otherwise remain in Manitowoc County Circuit Court.

Neither Avery nor Dassey currently have attorneys for the civil case, though Avery has filed a motion seeking to have counsel appointed.

Avery, now 51, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Dassey, 24, is also serving a life term, though he’s eligible for parole in 2048, when he’ll be 59 years old.

Information from: Sheboygan Press Media, http://www.sheboygan-press.com

One comment

  1. I am sorry for the Halbach family, to a point. Something is very wrong with that family that they don’t seem to want to find the real killer of their daughter. It’s clear the older son, Mike, was very involved in the search on the Avery property (and a framing is evident), and – very odd of him being a spokesperson for the state during the trial. Cold, is my impressions of all of them. The family, at least Mike, knows these boys were innocent, and I do hope this gets to civil trial soon. They won’t cash in, but they will be forced to see the truth. I am sad for the one’s in prison and the daughter they forgot about. Her name is Teresa, and her killer is free.

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