Deputies Accused of Planting Evidence Testify in Avery Trial

A Manitowoc County sheriff's lieutenant who Steven Avery has accused of framing him for murder is back on the witness stand today in Avery's homicide trial.

Lieutenant James Lenk testified today he never saw a vial of blood in the county clerk's office. The defense claims the vial of Avery's blood was planted at crime scene where Teresa Halbach was killed.

Lenk testified he never planted blood or helped anyone plant evidence to frame Avery for Halbach's murder. On cross-examination, the defense asked Lenk whether he would even admit to planting evidence since it's a crime. Lenk said he would.

Avery says Lenk and sheriff's Sergeant Andrew Colborn tried framing him because he was suing the county over his wrongful conviction for rape. Avery spent 18 years in prison before DNA showed he was innocent of the crime.

Avery and his 17-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, are accused of killing Halbach on Halloween 2005 and burning her body near the family's salvage yard in rural Manitowoc County.

AP