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Civil lawsuits proceed against Teresa Halbach's killers

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A civil case is finally about to proceed against convicted killers Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. Relatives of Teresa Halbach filed the wrongful death suit in 2006 -- and Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz was just recently assigned to the case.

The civil suit has been on hold because of a slow-moving series of unsuccessful criminal appeals by Avery and Dassey -- who were both convicted of killing the 25-year-old Halbach on Halloween of 2005 near Mishicot. She was at the Avery family's auto salvage yard taking photos for Auto Trader Magazine when she was raped, shot, and burned-to-death. The case drew worldwide attention because Avery had just been released from prison two-and-a-half years before the slaying. He served 18 years for a rape he didn't commit.

Avery was among the first in the U-S to be acquitted by D-N-A evidence, only to be convicted with the help of D-N-A.