new Trial rejected for steven avery aug 1987
New Trial Appeal Rejected MANITOWOC A rural Maribel man, convicted on charges stemming from an assault on a Manitowoc woman two years ago, has lost his appeal for a new trial. Steven A. Avery was given consecutive prison sentences totaling 32 years on charges of first degree sexual assault, attempted murder an false imprisonment as a repeater. Avery listed six major issues in his appeal and all were denied in a 16-page document issued by the 2nd District Court of Appeals. The prosecution's case was based largely on an identification of Avery by the victim through a photograph at a local hospital and later through an eight-man lineup at county jail. The court rejected defense claims that the evidence was insufficient to support the jury's determination that the sexual assault occurred only after they had found that he "had sexual contact with the victim by a threat to use a dangerous weapon." , The victim testified during the trial that Avery threatened her with a knife although she never saw it. The assault occurred as the victim was jogging along the Lake Michigan shoreline north of Two Rivers.