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UPDATED: Judge assigned in Steven Avery civil case

UPDATED Wednesday, November 6, 2013 --- 7:35 a.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- The civil case for one of the state's most notorious homicides is moving forward.

The family of Teresa Halbach filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2006 against Steven Avery, and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, seeking unspecified monetary damages.

They were convicted of killing the 25-year-old photographer on the family property near Mishicot on Oct. 31, 2005.

Sheboygan Press Media reports Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge Angela Sutkiewicz has been assigned to the case.

The civil case had been on hold because it overlapped the criminal case and unsuccessful appeals by both men, though it now appears to be moving forward.

The killing drew extraordinary attention because Avery had spent 18 years in prison for rape before DNA samples proved another man committed that crime.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2013 -- 8:02 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A civil case against a Mishicot man convicted of killing a young photographer nearly eight years ago is still winding its way through the courts.

The family of Teresa Halbach filed a civil suit back in 2006 against Steven A. Avery. The case continues Thursday with a review hearing.

The civil case lagged because it overlapped the criminal case and an ultimately unsuccessful appeal.

Avery, now 50, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for first-degree intentional homicide in the 2005 death of the 25-year-old Halbach. His nephew, Brendan Dassey, is also serving a life term for the crime.

Avery's case drew nationwide attention because he had been wrongfully imprisoned in a separate case, serving 18 years for rape until he was cleared by DNA evidence.

Copyright 2013 : Associated Press

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