MANITOWOC, Wis. – It’s a case that has recently gripped the nation.
In 2003, Avery was exonerated after being imprisoned 18 years for a rape he did not commit.
Two years later, he and his nephew were accused of murdering a photographer named Teresa Halbach.
Avery was convicted of the crime, and is now appealing the decision.
For the first time, Avery’s twin sons spoke about the crimes that put their father behind bars for most of their childhood.
The twins are the youngest of five children.
They say the earliest memory they have of their father is of them visiting him in prison after he was convicted of rape.
After several years, the boys says their visitation rights were pulled, which was a relief.
They say they didn’t really have a relationship with him, even as he was released from prison after being exonerated.
Eventually, the pair joined the military and started families of their own.
The boys said they felt the documentary was showing their father’s story in a sympathetic light, adding that he has known anger issues.
However, they say the timing of the murder is suspicious, especially since he filed a lawsuit against the county for his wrongful conviction.
“I actually thought he was innocent like with me, if I was getting that much money, I wouldn’t do anything at all,” Bill Avery said. “It just makes no sense to me.”
When asked if it was possible for his father to kill Teresa Halbach, Bill Avery said it was possible because of his history of anger.
Steven Jr. says he isn’t sure about his father’s innocence.
“I have no idea,” Steven Jr. said. “I mean, only one person can answer that, and that is Teresa, but she can’t answer it no more. The only thing I know is that the entire case was very shady. It’s clear that there was corruption.”
The sons say they haven’t spoken to their father in over 20 years. They say they see him more as a stranger, but hope that this latest appeal will confirm once and for all whether their father is guilty or innocent.