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Judge Won't Delay Avery Trial to Test Old Blood Sample

A judge denies a request by prosecutors to delay the murder trial of Steven Avery.

Manitowoc County Judge Patrick Willis rejected today the motion by prosecutors so blood taken 11 years ago could be retested to make sure it wasn't used to plant evidence against Avery.

Willis says the trial for Avery in the killing of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach will begin as previously scheduled on February 5th.

Special prosecutor Ken Kratz said in his motion filed last week that he wanted experts to test the unsecured vial of blood found in the Manitowoc County Courthouse.

The 44-year-old Avery and his 17-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, are accused of sexually assaulting, torturing and killing the 25-year-old Halbach on October 31st, 2005, near their family's rural Manitowoc County salvage yard.

They are also accused of burning her body and belongings.

Dassey's trial is scheduled for April.

AP


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