Steven Avery of ‘Making a Murderer’ Requests Advanced Forensic Testing Amid Claims Officers Planted Evidence

andjic/iStock/Thinkstock(MANITOWOC, Wisc.) -- Steven Avery, the center of Netflix's hit series Making a Murderer, made a request Friday for more forensic testing, which his lawyers call "the most comprehensive, thorough, and advanced forensic testing ever requested by a criminal defendant in the State of Wisconsin."

In the 45-page motion, Avery asks for "post-conviction testing of physical evidence," noting that since his 2007 trial, "considerable progress has been made in forensic DNA methods, procedures and tests, including the development of tests for the specific detection of blood, saliva, semen and urine."

Avery's motion says he is willing to pay for testing.

Avery was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach. But when the Netflix series Making a Murderer was released last December, it created renewed interest in his case and led many to believe that Avery was wrongly convicted.

Avery has claimed law enforcement planted samples of his blood, collected from Avery during a previous case, in Halbach's car before it was discovered by police on Nov. 5, 2005. In Friday’s filing, Avery accuses James Lenk and Andrew Colborn of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office of being “connected to” the discovery of every item of evidence that he says was planted. Lenk and Colborn both denied planting evidence during the 2007 trial, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported at the time.

Avery is now seeking "body fluid source testing that could identify the source of the bodily fluids found on the victim’s vehicle key and hood latch," according to the motion, including saliva and blood testing. New technology can now distinguish whether DNA comes from blood, saliva, semen or urine, according to the filing, and Avery says if he was bleeding from his finger as prosecutors say, there should be blood on the hood latch.

Avery is also asking for radiocarbon testing, "which could definitively establish the age of Mr. Avery’s blood found in the victim’s vehicle and determine, based on the age, if the blood was planted," the motion says.

His lawyers are requesting new DNA testing on evidence that had not been screened before, including the battery cable, the interior hood release and the blinker light of the victim’s car. Moreover, Avery's defense team is asking for advanced DNA analysis on previously-tested items, such as the license plates and swabs taken from the vehicle, and trace testing to determine if chemical solvents were used to remove DNA.

The advanced testing of previously obtained fingerprints of two officers, as well as DNA testing of the alleged human pelvic bones recovered from the quarry, has been requested as well.

Avery’s attorney has asked for his appeal to be put on hold until a ruling is made about the testing.

After Netflix released the series, Kathleen Zellner, a high-profile attorney with experience representing wrongfully convicted clients, took on Avery's case.

Zellner told ABC affiliate WBAY-TV in January that Avery was "thrilled that there is new development in technology," and was feeling "extremely positive" knowing new forensic testing can be done in his case.

“Since 2007, there have been significant advances in forensic testing," Zellner told WBAY-TV at the time. "The clearest way to do this is with scientific testing and that’s what we will be asking to do."

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Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statueMark Wilson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will issue a statement Friday afternoon after canceling a news conference at which he was expected to "make a major announcement" regarding the local statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the legacy of the woman killed during a protest sparked by the city's plans to remove the statue.

His news conference had been scheduled for noon on Friday, but the mayor tweeted Friday morning that "we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon."

FYI all: we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon. Stay tuned.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

FYI, the reason for the change is we decided a statement rather than a press event was the best medium for the ideas I want to convey today.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

The statement comes six days after a Unite the Right rally sparked by Charlottesville's plan to remove the Lee statue from a local park turned deadly.

The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Despite the "painful" event, "we’re not going to let them define us,” Signer told ABC News earlier this week of the agitators.

"They’re not going to tell our story," he said. "We’re going to tell our story. And outsiders -- their time has come and gone. This city is back on their feet, and we’re going to be better than ever despite this."

Signer compared his hopes for Charlottesville's recovery to the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June 2015 that killed nine people. The gunman in that attack said he wanted to start a race war, but the tragedy instead united the city.

"There’s a memorial right now in front of Charlottesville City Hall that’s flowers and a heart that talks about the love that we have here. Those are the images that are going to replace these horrific ones from this weekend. That’s the work that we have as a country," Signer said.

"That’s what happened in Charleston. There were those horrible images of those people bloodied and killed and weeping from the church. But they were replaced quickly, steadily, by the work that started to happen. By people who said, 'You’re not going to tell our story for us. We’re going to tell our story.'

"And that’s what’s happening in this community. That’s my work as the mayor here -- is not to allow these hateful people who just don’t get this country to define us," he said. "And they’re not going to define us."

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