Steven Avery's Letters to TODAY'S TMJ4 Claim Kratz Killed Teresa Halbach
Convicted murderer Steven Avery has sent two letters to TODAY'S TMJ4. Avery was convicted in 2007 for killing freelance photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. Avery claims he's innocent, but a jury found him guilty and prosecutors said DNA evidence at the scene proved it.
Avery's latest two letters claim that former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz is the killer. Kratz prosecuted the Avery case. Kratz is currently under fire for sending sexually inappropriate text messages to a crime victim, and resigned as district attorney. We checked to make the sure the letters are from Avery, who is serving a life sentence in Boscobel, and his girlfriend confirmed the letters were sent by Avery.
Both letters are filled with grammar and spelling errors. He wrote: "I thank that Kratz won't to have sex with Teresa and she said no and something happen and Kratz did something?"
Other sections of the letter talk about how he was wrongly convicted of a crime in the past, in which he spent over eighteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
In his letters, Avery claimed the sexting scandal proves Kratz murdered Halbach, because: "He dose like young girl!!!"
But Halbach's family doesn't believe a word Avery wrote. They stand behind the jury and the conviction. Her brother Mike Halbach said: "We are not surprised to hear Avery continue to shift the blame for Teresa's death to whoever is most convenient. The facts of the case remain the same."
Avery also sent several letters to the attorney general's office in Madison. I asked them if the letters prompted them to re-open the Halbach case, or take another look at it, and a spokesman said no.
We tried to talk to Kratz about the claim, but he is receiving in patient treatment and can't be reached by phone. His attorney did not return our calls. Avery's attorney also did not call back for comment.