Friday, January 8, 2016

Making a Murderer: Timeline of Events surrounding the Murder and Subsequent Trials

Steven Avery's mugshot after his arrest for murder


Oct. 11 

  •  Lieutenant Lenk testifies in Steven Avery's wrongful conviction lawsuit stemming from Avery's wrongful conviction of rape.

Oct. 13 
  • Sergeant Colborn and Manitowoc Sheriff Petersen testify in Avery's lawsuit.

Oct. 31
  • AM:  Teresa Halbach, 25, of St. John in Calumet County, a photographer for Auto Trader Magazine, leaves a voicemail stating she can stop by for the photo assignment that afternoon around 2:00 p.m. "or even a little later." Later that day she goes to Avery's Auto Salvage to photograph a minivan.
  • 2:27 p.m.: Teresa receives a phone call from Auto Trader lasting 5 minutes. 
  • 2:30 p.m.: Bobby Dassey testifies he sees Halbach near Avery's home.
  • Approximately 2:30 p.m.: There are two phone calls from Avery’s cellphone to Halbach’s cellphone, using the *67 feature to block caller identification. 
  • 2:41 p.m.: There are no outgoing or answered calls on Teresa’s cellphone after this time. 
  • 3:30 - 3:40 p.m.: Lisa Buchner, high school bus driver, testifies she drops off the Dassey boys during this window and sees Teresa photographing the van.
  • 3:40 p.m.: Bobby Dassey testifies he departs at this time and Teresa’s vehicle is still in the driveway, but no Teresa.
  • 4:35 p.m.: There is a call from Steven’s cell phone to Teresa’s cellphone, not using the blocking feature which lasted 13 seconds. 
  • 5:36 p.m.: Steven receives a call from his fiancĂ©e Jodi from Manitowoc County Jail; they talk for 15 minutes.
  • 7:00 p.m.: According to Brendan’s final story (not the first story), this is when Steven calls and invites him to the bonfire.
  • 8:57 p.m.: Steven receives a second call from Jodi; she believes  he is already in bed.

Nov. 2 
  • 8 a.m.: Teresa’s voicemail account is accessed.

Nov. 3 
  •  The Halbach family reports Teresa missing.  
  • Sergeant Colborn calls in Teresa’s license plate to headquarters. 
  • At some time this day Sergeant Colborn questions Avery.

Nov. 4  

  • PM -  The police ask Avery for permission to search his residence and he agrees. No evidence is found.

Nov. 5
  • 10:20-25 a.m.: Pamela discovers Teresa’s vehicle on the Avery's property.
  • 10:59 a.m.: Sergeant Jason Orth arrives at the car lot.
  • 2:05 p.m.: During Steven's trial, Lieutenant Lenk testifies he arrives at the car lot at this time. (Under oath on August 9 Lenk testifies this is when he arrives at the lot at 6:30 or 7:00 pm.)
  • 2:45 p.m.: Sergeant Orth begins a log.
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m.: 10:41 p.m.: Lieutenant Lenk signs out of log.

Nov. 6
  • Brendan gives his first statement to investigators, indicating he has no knowledge of what happened to Teresa.

Nov. 8 : 
  • Avery tells reporters he fears authorities are trying to frame him for Halbach's murder because he sued Manitowoc County officials for $36 million for wrongful conviction. 
  • On the third search, the key to Halbach's RAV4 is finally found in Avery’s bedroom by Lieutenant Lenk. 
  • Some bone fragments are found on the Avery property.

Nov. 9 

  • Avery is arrested and, based on past convictions for burglary and other crimes, charged with possessing firearms as a felon. Authorities say two guns were in his trailer home.

Nov. 15
  •  Avery is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and mutilating a corpse.


Feb. 14
  • Avery has settles his lawsuit against Manitowoc County officials for $400,000.

Feb. 27

  •  Investigators questions Avery's nephew Brendan Dassey, at the local high school. They question him later that day at the  police department.

March 1
  • Brendan is again interrogated, and  arrested after saying he was involved in Halbach's murder.
  • The police, including  Lieutenant Lenk, return to Steven’s property to search for evidence.

March 2
  • The police—again including Lieutenant Lenk—continue searching Steven’s property. For the first time, a bullet fragment, supposedly containing Halbach's DNA is found in Steven’s garage. 
  • Brendan Dassey  is charged with  first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and first-degree sexual assault. 

May 12
  • Dassey is pressured by  Len Kachinsky's (his attorney)  investigator Michael O’ Kelly, to stick to his final confession and to make drawings of the alleged crime scene.

May 13
  •  Dassey is interrogated by investigators  for 3 1/2 hours at the invitation of his attorney.
  •  Dassey calls his mother to tell her he was guilty.


Jan. 29 

  • A judge dismisses sexual assault and kidnapping charges against Avery

Feb. 12 
  • Avery's trial begins.

March 12 
  • At the close of the trial, the judge dismisses a false-imprisonment charge, saying he doesn't think the jury has enough evidence to find Avery guilty. 

March 18 
  • Jurors find convict Avery guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Avery is found not guilty of mutilating a corpse.

April 16 
  • Brendan Dassey's trial begins.

April 25 
  • Dassey is found guilty of being party to first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and second-degree sexual assault after 4 1/2 hours of jury deliberation.

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