Steven Avery listens to testimony March, 13, 2007, in the courtroom at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton. The Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” tells the story of a Wisconsin man wrongly convicted of sexual assault only to be accused, along with his nephew, of killing a woman two years after being released.(Photo: File/AP)
Saturday marks 10 years since a Wisconsin jury found Steven Avery guilty in what would become the "Making A Murderer" case.
The verdict was announced just after 6 p.m. on March 18, 2007, a Sunday, and it meant Avery faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
In a later trial, Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, also was convicted. Then 16, he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. Last August, Dassey's conviction was reversed on constitutional grounds, but he remains in prison while the litigation continues.
The murder victim was Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer, who was last seen outside Avery's Manitowoc County home on Halloween in 2005.
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MADISON - Former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager’s son is mulling a run for his mother’s old job.
Josh Kaul said during a phone interview Friday that he’s considering challenging Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel next year. He said he expects to make a decision within the next month or two. He declined further comment.
Schimel spokesman Johnny Koremenos referred a request for comment to the state Republican Party. Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman says a potential Kaul run shows Democrats are in disarray and are propping up inexperienced candidates.
Lautenschlager, a Democrat, served as attorney general from 2003 until 2007. Kaul is a graduate of Stanford law school. He has worked as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore and as a private-practice attorney in Washington D.C. He currently works for the Perkins Coie law firm in Madison.
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A Racine County man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday for slashing the throat of a man after breaking into a Town of Dover home, according to a criminal complaint and state court records.
Ronald E. Kaehne, 30, of Kansasville was also ordered to serve 25 years on extended supervision for the Jan. 17, 2015, break-in during which he fled after a woman in the home fired a gun at him, according to the complaint and the records.
According to the complaint, Kaehne entered the home through a window, which he propped open with canisters, and stood in the bedroom of a man and woman for about 40 minutes before the man woke up.
A struggle between Kaehne and the man ensued, during which the woman woke up and Kaehne sliced the man's throat. The woman yelled that she had a gun before firing a shot at Kaehne, who fled through a window.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel files)
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. enjoys dishing it out, but he certainly can't take it.
A day after being chided by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for being largely missing in action, Clarke responded with a rant on his county Facebook page mocking Barrett for the time he was beaten severely while trying to protect a grandmother and her 1-year-old at Wisconsin State Fair Park in 2009.
“The last time Tom Barrett showed up at a crime scene he got his ass kicked by a drunk, tire-iron-wielding man who beat him within inches of his life," Clarke said in the lengthy post. "The milquetoast mayor trying to play cop foolishly thought he could simply talk the man who beat him senseless into backing down. Bet he won't try that again!"
Clarke then ends the post with a threat.
The Murr family cottage on the shore of Lake St. Croix, in western Wisconsin.(Photo: Family photo)
Like many visitors to Washington, D.C., Donna Murr has seen the U.S. Supreme Court as a tourist.
On Monday, the Eau Claire resident and her family will be inside the court as parties, when the court hears oral arguments in their own case over whether a cottage and an extra lot they own on Lake St. Croixshould be considered two separate parcels.
The high court's decision could determine whether Murr and her siblings will be able to preserve, improve and keep the cottage their late parents built in 1960, and is being watched closely by both property rights advocates and governments.
Murr, 53, the youngest of the six siblings, has served as the face and voice of the case since the Pacific Legal Foundation persuaded the Supreme Court to hear it last year. Pacific, a non-profit that focuses on property rights, is representing the Murrs for free.