Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit, was convicted of a Wisconsin Murder. Avery had been released from prison in 2003 after serving 18 years for a 1985 rape that DNA evidence proved he didn’t commit.
A Manitowoc County jury found him guilty of shooting a photographer near his family’s auto salvage lot in 2005. Avery then burned the body in a pit behind the garage.
The University of Wisconsin Law School’s Innocence Project had convinced a judge to allow new DNA evidence that could exonerate Avery for the 1985 rape. He had been convicted largely on the victim’s account, despite having 16 alibi witnesses.
A spokesman for the national Innocence Project said Avery was only the second person to be convicted of a serious crime after being exonerated by DNA and the first to be convicted of killing someone.