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Avery's nephew waits on new trial request in auto salvage yard murder

It might be awhile before Brendan Dassey can have a judge consider his request for a new trial.

Dassey's new lawyers said his old ones did a poor job of representing him when a jury convicted him of helping his uncle Steven Avery kill Teresa Halbach at his family's auto salvage yard near Mishicot in 2005.

It was one of the state's most notable crimes, since it put Avery back in prison after he served 18 years for a rape he didn't commit.

Dassey's request for a new trial was filed Tuesday.

Manitowoc County Circuit Judge Jerome Fox says he'll get the lawyers together to schedule a hearing on it but the judge said his calendar is full for at least the rest of the year.

Dassey's new attorneys portray him as a special education student who couldn't handle coercive police techniques when he confessed to the Halbach murder.

They said his jury should have heard more about those police techniques.

And they said one previous defense lawyer was so determined to get a plea bargain, he failed to develop a defense which showed how unreliable Dassey's confession was.

Special prosecutor Ken Kratz said he was still reviewing the defense's claims and he could not make an intelligent comment yet.

Meanwhile, Avery has a Sept. 28 hearing on his request for a new trial.

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