Dolores, the mother of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer‘s Steven Avery, died Thursday morning. She was 83 years old.
Steven Avery has had a life most would never conceive for themselves. Whether his tragedy is a tragedy to you or not, a severe blow comes to Steven today as his mother, Dolores, has died at 83. She was her son’s staunchest advocate, always maintaining that Steven was innocent of all charges that Making a Murderer highlights.
“Dolores Avery passed away Thursday morning, according to Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner,” cites TMZ Thursday evening.
Within, Zellner includes a message for Steven’s supporters, saying, “He needs your support now more than ever.”
Zellner also includes Steven Avery’s mailing address, a location at the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin where Making a Murderer supporters can write to him.
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In addition, brother to Steven Avery, Earl, tells TMZ that Dolores “had been in hospice care for 3 weeks before her death… Ultimately passing from dementia.”
Earl notes that the last time Dolores was able to speak to Steven was at least 8 or 9 months ago, making it sometime in late 2020. Their relationship was paramount, as Dolores would never rest in letting others know her son was innocent.
Her death comes right before Steven Avery’s 59th birthday.
For a brief refresher, the Netflix Documentary, Making a Murderer, hinges on the conviction of both Steven and his nephew, Brendon Dassey. Both men were sentenced for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach back in 2005. Police officers say that her remains were discovered in a burn pit on the Avery family property.
For this, Stephen Avery was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 without parole.
In response, Kathleen Zellner took on Steven’s case in 2016, revisiting it. Within Making a Murderer, she argues Avery’s rights were violated. The attorney cites that detectives “gathered evidence that went beyond their search warrant,” TMZ notes. Zellner also states she has “more witnesses that should warrant a new trial for Avery.”
In light of this, Zellner asks Avery’s appeals court to put his recent appeal on hold. She wishes for his Making a Murderer case to come to circuit court. There, the testimonies of these new witnesses can come to light.
Tragically, Dolores Avery’s passing comes before she would be able to witness a re-trial for her son. She was 83-years-old.