The best friend and former fiancée of ‘Making a Murderer’ Steven Avery has revealed the imprisoned felon will be a free man next year, DailyMailTV can reveal.
Sandy Greenman’s bombshell disclosure comes as ‘Making a Murderer Part Two’ is released by
Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV, Sandy explained how Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner will prove he had nothing to do with the 2005 murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach for which he was jailed for life.
Sitting in her home in Neenah, Wisconsin, 76-year-old Sandy said, ‘Kathleen is 100 per cent sure she will free him. He’ll be free next year. She has assured him the new evidence pointing to the real suspect will prove his innocence.’
Sandy Greenman, 76, with former boyfriend Steven Avery , 56 at Waupan Correctional Institution, Wisconsin. Avery is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach after her body parts were found in his salvage yard in Two Rivers, Wisconsin
‘Making a Murderer Part Two’ will focus on Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner proving Avery had nothing to do with the death of photographer Halbach, 25
‘Making a Murderer Part Two’ will focus on Zellner’s attempts to show how another person murdered Halbach, a photographer for Auto Trader, after Halbach visited Avery’s salvage yard in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
Sandy said, ‘There is enough to show that someone else had motive and opportunity. A lot more than Steven did.’
She also believes 56-year-old Avery’s release will free his nephew Brendan Dassey, now 28, who was also given a life sentence after confessing to helping Avery kill Teresa.
Sandy said: ‘It’s proven that Brendan’s confession was coerced, that the police spoon fed him information to say.’
In June 2017, Federal magistrate William Duffin ordered Dassey released or retried, saying police made false promises to him.
However Duffin’s order was overruled and, in June 2018, the US Supreme Court said it would not hear an appeal by Dassey’s lawyers.
Sandy Greenman (above) tells DailyMailTV Steven Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner will file her bombshell evidence with the Wisconsin Court of Appeal on December 20
Pictured at Waupan Correctional Institution on July 9, 2018, Sandy Greenman (far right) revealed that, once freed, Steven Avery (second right) plans to take his parents Allan (far left) and Dolores (second left) and move out of Wisconsin.
‘Steven thought Brendan would get out because he had previously been exonerated. But it didn’t mean a darn thing,’ said Sandy.
‘He believes proving his own innocence is the only way to free Brendan. Once it is proven someone else killed Teresa, the authorities will have to let Brendan go.’
It was Sandy who first contacted Zellner, a Chicago-based attorney who has had 19 wrongful convictions overturned, and brought her attention to Avery’s case.
Sandy said, ‘Kathleen Zellner is the best in the country and my first thought was, that’s the one that’s going to get Steven out of prison.’
Zellner was just granted permission to delay presenting her evidence to the Wisconsin Court of Appeal until December 20.
Sandy explained, ‘She wants to get it right, get the brief right, that’s why she needs the extra time.’
Steven Avery (left) would refuse a pardon and instead wants to walk out of prison by proving his innocence, says his best friend Sandy Greenman
Sandy also revealed Avery would refuse a pardon if it was offered to him. In 2016, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, up for re-election next month, refused to consider one.
But, she said, ‘Steven isn’t even interested in a pardon, if you want the truth, that’s what he told me.
‘There will be an election coming up next month. We might have a new governor. I don’t know, if he’s voted out, if the new governor would even consider a pardon. He’s not interested in that. He wants to prove that he is not guilty, that he didn’t do this. That’s his main focus.’
Sandy has always believed Avery was innocent, pointing out that at the time of his arrest for Halbach’s murder he was suing the local police for $36 million for wrongful conviction.
Avery had just been freed from prison, where he had served 18 years of a 32 year sentence, thanks to DNA tests which proved he had not committed the 1985 rape and attempted murder he was convicted of.
Kathleen Zellner (far right), has overturned 19 wrongful convictions. She plans to show how another person had stronger motive and opportunity to kill Halbach than client Steven Avery
His lawsuit accused Manitowoc police of focusing their efforts solely on him rather than Gregory Allen who was later convicted of the crime.
Sandy said: ‘I absolutely believe that he was set up because of his lawsuit. Why would they zero in on him? There were other people living on the property. There were people coming and going all the time.
‘When his case came to light my husband Wally and I both paid a lot of attention to it and then when he was convicted we couldn’t believe it because we just couldn’t see that what they had for evidence could possibly be enough to convict a man.’
Sandy began corresponding with Avery and Wally, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, asked her to make the seven-hour round trip to visit him.
Avery and Sandy immediately became friend and Sandy tried to visit once a week, with Avery calling her up to twice a day.
When Wally died in 2008, Sandy explained how it was Avery who became the pillar of strength.
‘Steven helped me very much through my husband’s illness and everything else, the death and everything,’ Sandy said.
Avery expects an influx of love letters when ‘Making a Murderer Part Two’ is released on Netflix but Sandy Greenman (right) did not rule rekindling their romance
Love blossomed for the pair and they became engaged in 2009. But Sandy explained why she called the engagement off after six years.
She explained: ‘It was my fault. I will take all the blame for that. A lot of factors played into it. He wanted to get married in 2015 after moving to Waupun Prison and I just wasn’t ready to do it. I didn’t want to get married in prison.
‘I just had a lot of personal problems in my life. When I told him, he took it as a break up, which it wasn’t.
‘He told a friend, ‘She wouldn’t marry me and now I want a wife, I don’t care who it is.’ He proposed to a woman in 2016 but they split up soon after. By 2017, he and I couldn’t have been better friends again. We finish each other’s sentences. We have a special bond. I know he’s my best friend.’
Sandy revealed Avery predicts he will get an influx of love letters from women when ‘Making a Murderer Part Two’ is released.
But she said he will be more skeptical of their intentions. Sandy revealed: ‘He said this time, when the doc comes out, he is going to have his antenna up and know exactly who he wants to answer and who he doesn’t.
Steven Avery (pictured) has vowed to help free other prisoners he believes were wrongfully convicted, his best friend Sandy Greenman tells DailyMailTV
‘He’s not going to be as stupid as he’s been in the past. He liked the attention, of course, but he’s learned a very valuable lesson.
‘He was hurt especially by one woman. I could tell right away she was not who she said she was. I knew she was after something and he wouldn’t believe it. She was after money and popularity. She got both. That was a rough time in his life.’
Sandy said she did not rule out a rekindled romance with Avery in the future.
She described how Avery told her she was the most important person in his life. Sandy said: ‘Steven just said that to me last night. We don’t know what the future holds. So we will see when he gets out. We’ll go from there.’
Describing his plans for the future, Sandy revealed: ‘He has so many ideas in his head. He wants to get a place somewhere away from the state of Wisconsin and he wants to take his parents Allan and Dolores with him. He would never leave them.
‘He also wants to devote his life to helping free other innocent men and women who were wrongfully convicted.
‘He does not want to go into politics but he wants to see laws created so law enforcement in Wisconsin can no longer have immunity. Currently they can get away with anything. They should have accountability like the rest of us.’
Steven Avery’s 28-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey (pictured) was also convicted for Teresa Halbach’s 2005 murder. Avery hopes his own release will lead to Dassey’s freedom
Sandy explained Avery is trying to keep his record clean at Waupun Correctional Institution. But it can sometimes be difficult.
Sandy said: ‘He works in the kitchen at Waupun. He sometimes can’t get along with the people there but he realizes, even if it was just a verbal fight, they would throw him in the hole.
‘There’s a lady, a guard, who liked to give him a rough time. He made a comment about her smile and she thought he was coming on to her. She made some kind of remark like, ‘That’ll be the last time you say something like that.’ I believe she’s no longer in the kitchen.’
Waupan Correctional Institution (pictured) where Sandy Greenman told DailyMailTV Steven Avery had a run-in with a female guard who claimed he was ‘coming onto her’
Sandy, a devout Christian, described how she avoids talking about religion with Avery.
Sitting by a crucifix on her wall, Sandy said, ‘I know Steven believes in God and he prays but he still feels, ‘God has forsaken me or why would I be here?’
‘He’d say, ‘Your God isn’t very kind to me. Look what he’s done to me for the second time.’ He said he’d talk about ‘my religion’, as he called it, when he got out.’
Steven Avery’s best friend Sandy Greenman said people should not forget about murder victim Teresa Halbach (pictured)
While she waits for the evidence to be presented in December, Sandy said she did not want murder victim Teresa to be forgotten.
Sandy said: ‘I haven’t forgotten her. She’s a victim . We want the right person for her murder to be put away.
‘Whatever they did to Teresa is horrible but don’t put it on somebody that didn’t do it.’