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‘Making a Murderer’ attorney seeks more
MADISON (AP) — The attorney for a Wisconsin inmate
featured in the hit Netflix series ‘‘Making a Murderer’’ filed a
motion Friday seeking permission to perform extensive testing on
evidence she believes will show he’s innocent.
Steven Avery was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to life in
prison in the death of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach,
who disappeared after a visit to the Avery family’s Manitowoc
County salvage yard in 2005. Avery has argued he was framed.
His attorney, Kathleen Zellner, told reporters awaiting her
filing outside the Manitowoc County courthouse that she wants to
date blood and DNA found at the scene to see if it was planted.
She promised the results will show that Avery isn’t guilty and
that someone else killed Halbach.
For more on this story, see Saturday's
Walker offers $4.5M for troubled Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) — State officials promised $4.5
million for job creation and other economic assistance for
Milwaukee’s north side on Friday, hours before nearly 2,000
people showed up for the funeral of a black man fatally shot by
Community members say long-simmering frustration over
unemployment and economic disparities underlie the violence and
destruction of property that rocked Sherman Park for two nights
following the Aug. 13 killing of Sylville Smith, who police say
turned toward an officer with a gun in hand before he was
For more on this story, see Saturday's Freeman.
Trump rebukes racism claims; Clinton warns of
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump confronted
head-on allegations that he is racist on Thursday, defending his
hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case
to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.
His general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, meanwhile
hammered the point that Trump unleashed the ‘‘radical fringe’’
within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white
supremacists, dubbing the billionaire businessman’s campaign as
one that will ‘‘make America hate again.’’
The ping-pong accusations come as the two candidates vie for
minorities and any undecided voters with less than three months
until Election Day. Weeks before the first early voting, Trump
faces the urgent task of revamping his image to win over those
skeptical of his candidacy.
In a tweet shortly after Clinton wrapped up her speech in the
swing state of Nevada, Trump said she ‘‘is pandering to the
worst instincts in our society. She should be ashamed of
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.
Trump, Clinton, 5 others may be on Wisconsin
MADISON (AP) — Five candidates for president other
than Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have
met qualifications to be on the ballot in Wisconsin.
The state Elections Commission is slated to approve the ballot
on Tuesday. The commission says in a memo prepared for the
meeting that seven candidates have met the standard to be on the
They are Clinton, Trump, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party,
Jill Stein of the Green Party and Darrell Castle of the
The other two are Monica Moorehead of the Workers World Party
and Rocky Roque De La Fuente of the American Delta Party.
The most recent Marquette University Law School poll two weeks
ago showed Clinton leading Trump by 15 points among likely
voters in Wisconsin.
Complaint filed before officer killed man in
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Records show an excessive force
complaint was filed against a Milwaukee police officer days
before he fatally shot a suspect which ignited two nights of
violence in a north side neighborhood.
The unjustified force claim was filed by a man who says the
officer and his partner approached him as he sat in a car at a
gas station and asked him what he had in the bag he was holding.
Ronnie Martin says he tried to run. He says the officers threw
him to the ground and used their Tasers on him.
Martin was not charged as a result of the incident. In addition
to the claim filed with the city, Martin says he lodged a
complaint with the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.