MADISON, Wis. — Some are handwritten pleas. Others are typed. They come on long pieces of yellow legal paper, other times on post cards. Some include photos. More than 500 have sent letters since November. An additional 540 or so have called. A few dozen have emailed. All are hoping that after eight years of Republican Gov. Scott Walker refusing to consider anyone's request, Wisconsin's new governor will follow through on his promise that the state's top executive will again be issuing pardons and shortening prison sentences through commutations. "The pardon process was designed for me," Elandis Peete wrote to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in January. "I definitely made a mistake when I was younger, now being older I am much wiser. ... If granted a pardon it will open up many doors of greater opportunity for me and my families' future." Peete was convicted of felony drug possession in 1996, when he was 18, and released from prison two years later. Now 41, Peete runs a dump truck … [Read more...] about Hope for gubernatorial pardons renewed in Wisconsin
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"Making a Murderer" subject Steven Avery will have his case re-examined by a Wisconsin court, his lawyer announced this week. Avery, who is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, won a motion to appeal, sending his case back to a circuit court. There, the court can either grant a new trial or send the case back to the appellate court, which could potentially reverse his conviction or grant a new trial, his lawyer Kathleen Zellner told Newsweek. Zellner noted the appeal centered on a collection of possible human bones, which she said were never tested for DNA before they were returned to Halbach’s family. "We Won!!!!!!" Zellner tweeted Monday. "Back to the circuit court." A federal appellate judge hearing arguments Tuesday in Chicago about whether investigators coerced a confession from a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" said video of detectives questioning Brendan Dassey was so disturbing that it made her … [Read more...] about ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject Steven Avery Wins Appeal in Wisconsin Court
Authorities in Wisconsin were expected to provide new details Friday morning about 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who was found alive Thursday after disappearing the day her parents were murdered in October. The Barron County Sheriff's Department said it would be holding a press conference on the case at around 11 a.m. ET. A suspect was taken into custody Thursday. Police haven't released any details about the suspect.Jayme apparently escaped from captivity in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 65 miles north of her home in Barron, where she was last seen, CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz reports. Peter Kasinskas opened his front door to find his neighbor standing with a disheveled girl."'This is Jayme Closs and call 911,'" Kasinskas said his neighbor told him. "It was literally like I was seeing a ghost because we've seen the billboards and the commercials and all that stuff, and there she is in my kitchen."Kasinskas said Jayme appeared thin and ragged, wearing what looked like leggings, a … [Read more...] about Police in Wisconsin giving update on Jayme Closs case after finding her alive
Associated Press Published 2:10 PM EDT Oct 11, 2018 STURGEON BAY, Wis. — A Michigan man has been charged with killing his wife more than four decades ago in Wisconsin, even though her body has never been found. Law enforcement agents from Wisconsin and Michigan arrested 82-year-old Richard Gale Pierce Thursday in his hometown of Cheboygan, Michigan. A criminal complaint charges Pierce with killing 35-year-old Carol Jean Pierce in Sturgeon Bay in Sept.1975. Pierce told police he saw Carol Jean on the morning of Sept. 8 and when he returned home later than day, she was gone, the complaint said, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. More: Judge orders murder trial for parents in death of 'all skin and bones' daughter Murder suspect says Michigan jail officers assaulted him Pierce has claimed his wife left him. According to a criminal complaint, Pierce had the opportunity to kill his wife, and motives including monetary gain. The complaint outlines a likely abusive … [Read more...] about Cheboygan man charged in 1975 death of wife in Wisconsin
BRENDAN Dassey, the focus of the Netflix hit Making A Murderer will remain in prison after the highest court in the United States refused to review the judgement against him. Dassey, 27, along with his uncle Steven Avery, was sentenced to life behind bars over the killing of Teresa Halbach in a 2007 trial. Here's the story... Who is Brendan Dassey? Brendan was born in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, in 1989. He was one of four children to Barbara and Peter Dassey. He grew up with his mother and three brothers on a large family property alongside his maternal grandparents and uncles, including Steven Avery. As a young man, Dassey was reportedly a quiet introvert with learning difficulties and a below-average IQ. Court documents said he had difficulties communicating, adding that he was interested in animals and video games. He was also a fan of Wrestlemania – in one memorable scene from Making a Murderer, he frets about missing the WWE showcase. At the time of the … [Read more...] about Who is Brendan Dassey from Making a Murderer, is he going to be freed from prison and what are the latest updates on the Steven Avery case?