Steven on phone: Now, there's a chance. Maybe the truth will come out. I want everybody to know I'm innocent. You know, that's all I'm asking for.
Kratz: Teresa Halbach had her whole life in front of her and the evidence is going to show... that on Halloween of 2005, that all ended. That ended in the hands of the defendant... Steven Avery. Who is this man? Virtually all of you knew something about Steven Avery before serving on this particular jury. Mr. Avery achieved some degree of notoriety back in 2003 when he was exonerated. And at the close of this case, I'm gonna point to every one of you potential jurors and say that has absolutely nothing to do with this case. When deciding who's accountable... for the death of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach, Mr. Avery's past and his past exoneration have nothing to do with this case. The State intends to prove to you that the defendant restrained... murdered and mutilated Teresa Halbach. The mutilation of this little girl... Excuse me, not this little girl, this young woman, absolutely occurred because this is what's left. Small, tiny pieces of bone fragment. Now, despite Mr. Avery's efforts to completely obliterate all these bones by burning, to incinerate these bones completely, this bone survived. It's Teresa Halbach's shin bone. It's Karen Halbach's daughter's tibia. Remembering the humanity of Teresa Halbach, remembering who she is, what she meant to these people, is an important part of this process. Ultimately, this process includes assigning accountability for the murder and the mutilation of an innocent 25-year-old young lady. And I'll ask at the conclusion of this case that you return verdicts of guilty. Thank you. Thank you, Judge.
Judge Willis: Thank you, Mr. Kratz.
Steven on phone: They wouldn't look at nobody else. They're paying all their attention to me. And they shouldn't be doing that. That's what they did before.
In a long trial like this, openings are very important. Really, probably more important even than the closings. Because by the time they get to that point, um... it's gonna be a matter of arguing for a few of them probably. I think most of them will probably have already decided. So we want to get 'em early. Just get 'em thinking that there's another side to this they have not heard. All they've been hearing, for what, 15 months, is, you know, Teresa Halbach was burned. Bones were found on Steven Avery's property. Which is a horrible fact. But what they don't know is that there's evidence those bones were moved. And so... And neither does the media. So it's gonna be interesting to see the reaction when that little tidbit finally becomes public. The blood I'm more... a little bit more worried about than I was when I first discovered it and was very happy and you know. Because I don't trust the FBI at all and I think that they're gonna come up with some dishonest test that somehow claims that the blood in the vial is different than what was found at the scene. And that'll be a little bit harder to overcome. I'm not worried about the key at all. I like the key. I'm glad they're using it. [clears throat] It shows that if they would be willing to go to that length of planting a key, which I think is... the jurors are gonna get, then... the blood follows easily. It does.
Strang: In 2004, Steven Avery filed a lawsuit seeking some recompense for the hole in his life. The time he had spent as an innocent man for the crimes that Gregory Allen committed. In October 2005, James Lenk and another ranking officer of the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department, Sergeant Andrew Colborn, both were pulled into the lawsuit, questioned about their own activity and conduct with respect to Mr. Avery's imprisonment. It's Thursday evening about 5:00, November three, when Mrs. Halbach reports Teresa missing. That very night, Calumet is calling the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department for a little bit of help. And who do we get? We get Sergeant Andrew Colborn. And he's told, "Look, two places we'd like to sort of check out and see if Teresa Halbach showed up on Monday: the Zipperer residence... and Steven Avery." Well, that's a name that rings a bell. You better believe. Less than three weeks, or about three weeks after his deposition. And it is interesting that of those two places that Sergeant Colborn is asked to check out and inquire after Teresa Halbach... he only goes to one. Goes to Steven Avery's home. Out of the blue, the same night, Lieutenant James Lenk calls Calumet about this missing person report. Let's be clear. It's in another county. It's not even Manitowoc County at all. And nobody has called for Lieutenant Lenk. Nobody's called looking for him. But the Chief Detective of Manitowoc County takes it upon himself that night to call Calumet and offer to get involved in the missing person investigation where one of the appointments that was to be kept was Steven Avery. November five, Saturday, Pam and Nikole Sturm find the Toyota they suspect, correctly as it turns out, is Teresa's. And folks, from that point forward, before the police say they've even opened the car, before they say they know of any blood of any sort, in or on the car, before anybody even knows whether this young woman has been hurt or killed... the focus is on Steven Avery. Hear it yourself. When Detective Jacobs was calling after the police have arrived at the Avery property, after Teresa's car has been found there. [recording of phone line ringing] woman: Good morning, Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department. Katie speaking. Jacobs: Katie, just rolled into the parking lot. Can you tell me, do we have a body or anything yet? Katie: I don't believe so. Jacobs: Do we have Steven Avery in custody, though? Katie: I have no idea. This is 30 minutes after they found the car. Indeed, they wouldn't find the first bone fragment for three days. "Do we have Steven Avery in custody, though?" Now, if you're thinking though that the evidence will show you that Manitowoc County bowed out because of the conflict of interest after it turned the investigation over to Calumet County... If you're thinking that, it's reasonable, but you're wrong. Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department stays very much involved in this investigation. The police didn't kill Teresa Halbach, obviously. They have that in common with Steven Avery. But they wanted to believe he did. And whoever did kill her or burned that body exploited that tunnel vision pretty skillfully. In the end, after the full and fair consideration of everything and everyone, the full and fair consideration that Steven Avery did not get from the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department... we're gonna ask you to send him home. We're gonna ask you to send him home again. We're gonna ask you to get it right this time. We're gonna ask you to set it right.
Police So Teresa takes a picture, you come outside. She and you are both outside and you give her the money. She goes and gets in her truck and then gives you an Auto Trader magazine, is that right?
Police: OK. Is she in the truck or out of the truck when she gives you the magazine?
Avery: She's in the truck. In the truck.
Police: OK, then what happens next?
Avery: Then she gave me the book, shut the door, I walked toward the house, I put the book on the computer. Mm-hm. I came back out. And then I was gonna walk over by Bobby... but then his vehicle was gone.
Police: So you walk in the house, you put the magazine down, you come out and Bobby's vehicle's gone?
Avery: Bobby's vehicle's gone.
Mr. Dassey, do you know the defendant Steven Avery?
Bobby: Yes, he's my uncle.
Prosecutor: You have to speak up just a little bit, please.
Bobby: Yes, he's my uncle.
Prosecutor: And is he in the courtroom here at this time?
Bobby: Yes, he is.
Prosecutor: Would you point him out for the record? Tell the judge where he's seated?
Bobby: He's right over there, to my right.
Kratz: Mr. Dassey, do you know where your uncle lived?
Bobby: Yes, he lived right next door to us.
Kratz: Please tell the jury what we're looking at.
Bobby: Well, basically this is my mom's house. Um... The red thing is Steven's trailer.
Kratz: Now, Bobby, on October 31st, 2005, do you remember anything unusual that happened at about 2:30 that afternoon?
Bobby: A vehicle had drove up and started taking pictures of the van.
Kratz: Well, let's back up just a minute. What did you see?
Bobby: I seen a vehicle pull up in our driveway.
Kratz: And how do you know that it was about 2:30 in the afternoon?
Bobby; 'Cause I was going hunting that night and that's the time I wanted to get out.
Kratz: All right. Tell the jury what you saw then.
Bobby: I seen Teresa Halbach get out of the vehicle and start taking pictures.
Kratz: After seeing her taking any pictures, did you see her do anything?
Bobby; She started... Before I got in the shower, she actually started walking over to Steven's trailer.
Kratz: When looking at exhibit number 61, could you point to the window that you looked out and watched things from?
Bobby: It would be that window there.
Kratz: The left-most window on the trailer, is that right?
Kratz: About what time do you think that you left to go hunting?
Bobby; Twenty to three. Quarter to three.
Kratz: Mr. Dassey, when you walked out to your vehicle to go bow hunting, did you notice if Teresa's vehicle was still in the driveway?
Yes, it was.
Did you see Ms. Halbach?
Did you see any signs of her at all?
Now, Bobby, on the 3rd of November, a Thursday, I believe it is, do you recall having a conversation with your Uncle Steven regarding a body?
Prosecutor Kratz: Could you tell us what your Uncle Steven told you that day?
Bobby: Well, my buddy Mike was over too and he asked us... It sounded like he was joking, honestly. But he asked us if we wanted... He wanted us to help him get rid of the body.
This sensational testimony today accounted for a dramatic response from the Defense. male reporter: Defense attorney Dean Strang said that... [overlapping dialogue] Well, Cammie, as Elizabeth said, Bobby Dassey's testimony and the mistrial issue took up quite a bit of time this morning. male reporter: The Defense made a motion for a mistrial. We have no written summary of an interview of Bobby Dassey in which that statement is recited. We do have a report of a contact with a Michael Osmundson. "Michael indicated he was aware Steven was one of the last people to see the missing girl and jokingly asked Steven if Steven had her, the missing girl, in a closet. At this point, Steven asked Michael if Michael wanted to quote 'help bury the body' closed quote. And they laughed about this together."
Buting: This is not changing the theory at all. This fits perfectly to show that they have not followed up this investigative lead because this investigative lead points elsewhere than Mr. Avery. And here we are in the middle of the trial and it hasn't been investigated. The jury has a right to know that. All right, I'm... I guess having trouble seeing the apparent relevance of it at this stage of the trial. Let's, uh, bring the jurors back in. [indistinct chatter] Buting: The State wants to argue and in fact put out into the media as quickly as November 4th and maybe even November 3rd, that Steven Avery was the last person to see her, when they didn't know that, and they don't know that to this day. You know, there's more to come. You know, examples of one after another after another of decisions that were made in the investigative process, all of which went just towards Steven Avery and no one else.
Steven on phone: They're always saying I'm the last person to have seen her. Now, how can I be the last one? I saw her leave. So I'm not the last one. Whoever did this is the last one.
Fassbender: Want to tell us about that?
Wiegert: Tell us about that.
Tammy told me that.
Tammy told you?
She a friend of yours or something or...?
Yeah, I know her.
What did she tell you?
That... she heard... She told me that she'd heard that a cop put it out there and planted evidence.
Put what out there?
And that's Teresa's vehicle?
Yeah. So Tammy told you that somebody told her...
that a cop put that vehicle, Teresa's vehicle, out on your property.
Strang: One of the things road patrol officers frequently do is call in to dispatch and give the dispatcher the license plate number of a car they've stopped or a car that looks out of place for some reason. Correct?
And the dispatcher can get information about to whom a license plate is registered.
If the car is abandoned or there's nobody in the car, the registration tells you who the owner presumably is.
I'm gonna ask you to listen, if you would, to a short phone call.
woman: Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department, this is Lynn. Colborn: Lynn. Hi, Andy. Colborn: Can you run Sam-William-Henry-582?
Lynn: OK. It shows that she's a missing person. And it lists to Teresa Halbach.
Lynn: OK, that's what you're looking for, Andy?
Colborn: Ninety-nine Toyota?
Lynn: Yep. Colborn: OK, thank you.
Lynn: You're so welcome.
Strang: OK. What you're asking the dispatch is to run a plate that's "Sam-William-Henry-582"? Did I hear that correctly?
Yes, sir. Sam-William-Henry would be S-W-H-5-8-2?
This license plate?
And the dispatcher tells you that the plate comes back to a missing person or woman.
And then you tell the dispatcher, "Oh, '99 Toyota?"
No, I thought she told me that.
Lynn: It shows that she's a missing person. And it lists to Teresa Halbach.
OK, that's what you're looking for, Andy?
Colborn: Ninety-nine Toyota?
Colborn: OK, thank you.
Lynn: You're so welcome. Bye-bye.
Were you looking at these plates when you called them in?
Do you have any recollection of making that phone call?
Yeah, I'm guessing eleven-oh-three-oh-five. Probably after I received a phone call from Investigator Wiegert letting me know that there was a missing person.
Investigator Wiegert, did he give you the license plate number for Teresa Halbach when he called you?
You know, I just don't remember the exact content of our conversation then.
But you think... He had to have given it to me because I wouldn't have had the number any other way. Well, you can understand how someone listening to that might think that you were calling in a license plate that you were looking at on the back end of a 1999 Toyota.
But there's no way you should've been looking at Teresa Halbach's license plate on November three on the back end of a 1999 Toyota.
I shouldn't have been and I was not looking at the license plate. Because you're aware now that the first time that Toyota was reported found was two days later on November five. Yes, sir. [theme music plays]
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