halbach feb 22 2007 spj
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY PAGE 4A Jurors hear victim's voice in Avery case teutns Point Journal THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Trinity Rosenow, a close friend of Teresa Halbach, cries in court while listening to an answering machine message left by Halbach for Steven Avery during testimony Wednesday in Avery's murder trial in Chilton. By Carrie Antlfinger The Associated Press CHILTON After listening to 27 witnesses over a week and a half, jurors in the murder trial for Steven Avery heard the victim's voice Wednesday on a recording setting up an appointment with another Avery family member on the day prosecutors say she was killed. Avery, 44, is accused of killing 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach after she stopped at the Avery family's salvage lot on Oct. 31, 2005, to photograph a van Avery's sister wanted to sell through Auto Trader magazine. His 17- year-old nephew is also charged in the case. His trial isinApril. Two years earlier, Avery was released from prison after serving 18 years for rape before DNA analysis cleared him of the crime. - Manitowoc County sheriff's detective David Remiker testified Wednesday that he searched the home of Avery's sister and his 17-year-old nephew's mother, Barb Janda, on Nov. 6. During that search, he found a digital answering machine. He said he listened to the messages and the sixth one of 12 was from Halbach. "Hello this is Teresa with Auto Trader magazine, um the photographer, and just giving you a call to let you know that I can come out there today, um, in the afternoon. It will probably be around 2 o'clock or even a little later. Um, if you can please give me a call back and let me know if it will work for you because I don't have your address or anything so I can't stop by without getting a call back from you. And my cell phone is 737-4731. Again it's Teresa 920-737-4731. Thank you." A woman sitting with the Halbach family broke down in tears as she listened to the recording. Halbach's two brothers were stoic. During opening statements, Special prosecutor Kratz told the jury of eight men and eight women that Avery lured Halbach to the home, using the name B. Janda in arranging for Halbach to come to his home. But defense lawyer Dean Strang said Avery used the name because his sister Barb Janda owned the vehicle. The operations supervisor at the magazine at the time testified last week that Halbach had gone to the Avery property six times from June 2005 to Halloween to take pictures of cars, a trailer and a sports utility vehicle. Remiker said he determined the call was placed at 11:43 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2005.