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Timeline of Events related to the Halbach case

  • October 12, 2004:  Attorney Walt Kelley, of Milwaukee, files a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of Avery. The suit seeks no less than $1 million and up to $18 million from Thomas Kocourek and Denis Vogel, and no less than $1 million and up to $18 million from Manitowoc County, Thomas Kocourek and Denis Vogel.  Neither Kocourek nor Vogel are still employed by Manitowoc County.

  • October 31, 2005:  

    • 8:12am: Avery calls Auto Trader to request "that same girl who was here last time."  He needs her to photograph Barb Janda's van, and leaves Barb's name and phone number

    • 11:43am: Teresa calls Barb's phone and leaves a voicemail saying she can photograph the van after 2pm, and asking for an address.

    • ~1:30pm: Teresa visits the Schmitz residence to photograph a car

    • ~2:15pm: Teresa visits the Zipperer residence to photograph a car

    • 2:24-2:35pm: Avery calls Teresa's cell phone twice, using the *67 feature to block his number from her caller ID

    • 2:27pm: Auto Trader calls Teresa's cell phone, and she tells them she is on her way to the Avery property

    • In Avery's Nov 9 interview, he states Teresa arrived between 2:00-2:30pm.  He met her by the van to pay her in cash and give her his ad, then followed her to her vehicle where she gave him a recent issue of the Auto Trader magainze.  He put the magazine on his desk and came back outside, at which point he saw her at the end of the road with her left turn signal on.  He states the entire exchange lasted about five minutes.  Bobby Dassey's truck had been present, but when he came back outside after putting the magazine on his desk it was gone.  Five to ten minutes later his mother brought him his mail and they chatted, and then he went and watched TV or listened to the radio.  He denies using his burn barrels or fire pit this day.

    • 2:30-3:00pm:  Bobby Dassey testifies he saw Teresa photographing the car, then walking towards the Avery trailer.  This is the last time anyone other than Avery reports seeing or hearing from Teresa Halbach.  He showered and got ready to go bow hunting.  When he left, he saw Teresa's Rav 4, but not Teresa.  

    • 3:10pm: Scott Tadych and Bobby Dassey pass each other on the road, both driving to go hunting.

    • 3:30-3:40pm: The school bus driver who drops Brendan and Blaine off from school testifies she saw Teresa taking photographs, and Avery walking towards his trailer.  Further questioning and her original statement reveal she saw a woman taking pictures near the end of the driveway and is not sure about the date.  The car she saw Teresa taking pictures of was the vehicle Avery listed on 10/10, not 10/31, and the bus driver is most likely confused about the dates.

    • ~3:30pm:  A delivery man says he was filling up at a gas station near the Avery property and saw a vehicle that looked similar to Teresa's drive away from the Avery property.  He did not see who was driving.

    • 4:35pm:  Avery calls Teresa's cell phone, without using *67 to block his number.  He states he wanted her to come back to photograph another vehicle.  Her phone had already been turned off or destroyed by the time of this call.

    • 4:30-5pm: Earl Avery and Robert Fabian both report talking to Steven.  He is freshly showered and has changed his clothes.  He is acting stiff and quiet.  Fabian recalls a fire going in the burn barrel in front of Avery's trailer, where Teresa's phone, PDA, and camera would later be found.  Josh Radandt, who owns nearby property, also reports seeing a burn barrel fire near Avery's residence around 4:30.

    • ~5:00pm: In Avery's Nov 9 statement, he confirms he spoke with Earl Avery and Robert Fabian briefly around this time, then stopped by the Dassey residence to look at a deer Bobby Dassey had picked up from the road, as the result of a car accident.  Later investigation reveals this deer was actually picked up November 3rd, not October 31st.

    • 5:35pm:  Jodi Stachowski, Avery's fiance, calls him from prison and they speak for 15 minutes.  The call is recorded.

    • 5:30-5:45pm: Michael Kornley testifies he calls the Dassey residence and speaks with Brendan around this time.  The call is not found on his cell phone records, so he assumes he made the call from his hotel.

    • 5-6pm:  Brendan Dassey testifies his mother returns home from work, then leaves to visit Scott Tadych's mother in the hospital some time before 6pm.  Blaine leaves to go trick-or-treating some time after his mother leaves.  Brendan testifies he answers a call from Blaine's boss at 6pm.

    • 7pm:  Brendan Dassey testified that Avery calls him and invites him to come to a bonfire.  They ride around on golf carts picking up tires and car parts to add to the fire for 45 minutes, then clean up a stain of dark red liquid on the garage floor using bleach, gasoline, and paint thinner.  His bleach-stained jeans are later entered into evidence.

    • 9pm: According to Avery's Nov 9 interview, Avery went to bed around this time.  He watched the news and pornographic movies until about 10:30pm, when he went to bed.

    • 9pm:  Barb Janda calls Avery to make sure Dassey is wearing a jacket, and asks that he be home by 10pm

    • ~9pm: Jodi Stachowski calls Avery again, and again they speak for 15 minutes.  Avery tells Jodi that Brendan is over, and he has done some cleaning.

    • 9:30-10pm: Blaine Dassey states he got home from trick-or-treating and found Barb, Brendan, and Bobby all home.  He saw Steven outside near the burn pit with a fire going.

    • 10:00pm:  Brendan testifies he returned home and talked to his mother before going to bed.

    • 11:00pm: Kayla Dassey tells investigators she sees Steven Avery near his fire pit, stoking the fire with a shovel

  • November 3, 2005:  

    • 7:00am-2:00pm: In Steven's Nov 9 interview, he states he and his brother Earl went to a car auction, and bought a new car to bring to the yard.

    • ~4pm: Karen Halbach, Teresa's mother, reports her daughter missing.

    • ~5pm: Calumet County calls Manitowoc County for assistance in the Halbach case.  They speak with Avery, and Teresa's other two appointments on 10/31- Schmitz and Zipperer.

  • November 4, 2005:

    • Search efforts for Teresa include helicopters flying over the Avery property, and hanging fliers around town.

    • Lt. Lenk visits Steven Avery's trailer and briefly enters to look around.  Avery states Teresa entered his trailer, where he paid her.

    • Officers canvass the area for information on Teresa's whereabouts.  They do a flyover of the Zipperer property, Avery property, and any roads Teresa may have taken back home or to Green Bay.

    • Blaine Dassey states in his Nov 7 interview, Brendan and Chuck left for the cabin in Crivitz this night

  • November 5, 2005:

    • ~6:00am: Steven states in his 11/9 interview that he and Dolores Avery leave for the family's cabin in Crivitz

    • ~10:15am:  Volunteer searchers discover Teresa's vehicle in the Avery Salvage Yard.

    • Officers perform a 10-minute sweep of Avery's trailer and 8-minute sweep of Avery's garage during an initial cursory search for any signs of Teresa

    • 7:30pm:  Calument and Manitowoc County officers search Avery's trailer for 2.5 hours, putting the search on hold as it gets late and the weather worsens

  • November 6, 2005:

    • 8:00-9:47am:  Officers search Avery's garage and collect spent bullet casings, swabs of blood evidence (later tested and not linked to Teresa)

    • Calument and Manitowoc County officers enter Avery's trailer for about 20 minutes to collect a list of items noted during the previous day's search

    • ~12:00pm: Brendan Dassey is interviewed in Crivitz.  He denies knowing anything about Teresa, and states he was going to attend a bonfire at Avery's that week but it was cancelled when Barb and Steven had a fight.  He states he never saw Teresa after getting off the bus.  He claims to have only seen Steven when he helped him push a car into the garage, which is later proven false.

    • State Crime Lab investigators search Avery's trailer for DNA evidence, using special lighting

  • November 7, 2005:

    • The blood in Teresa's car is identified as coming from both a male and a female.

  • November 8, 2005:

    • Teresa's key is found in Avery's bedroom, during a three hour and 43 minute search of his trailer

    • Licenses plates from Teresa's car are discovered in another car in the Avery yard

    • Bones and teeth are found in Avery's burn pit

    • 12:19pm:  Officers briefly enter Avery's garage to search for tools

    • In Avery's Nov 9 statement, he claims he received a call from a friend named Tammy Weber.  She claimed to have heard that police officers were trying to frame him and had planted the vehicle on his property, and Penny Beernstern (the victim in his 1985 wrongful conviction) knew Teresa Halbach's family.  Later officers interview Tammy, and she states only that she heard from her son that a Two Rivers police officer said that Avery may be innocent.

  • November 9, 2005:

    • 11:51am-12:10pm:  Officers enter Avery's garage again, but do not provide details of this search during testimony

    • 12:47pm: Avery is arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm

    • Officers enter Avery's trailer to search for a garage door opener and gloves

    • Bones from the burn pit are identified as being from an adult female

    • Members of the Avery family are taken to Aurora Medical Clinic to give DNA samples.  Steven Avery's cut finger is photographed here.

  • November 15, 2005:

    • Avery is charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach, mutilation of a corpse, and illegal possession of a firearm

  • Early January, 2006

    • Kayla Dassey, Brendan's cousin, tells school counselors that her Uncle Steve asked one of her cousins to help him move a body.  She says she is scared to go near the Avery salvage yard, and asks if blood can come up through concrete.

  • January 17, 2006:

    • Avery enters his plea of "not guilty"

  • March 3, 2006:

    • Brendan Dassey is arrested and charged with being party to a first-degree homicide, sexual assault and mutilation of a corpse

  • March 8, 2006:

    • Sexual assault, kidnapping, and false imprisonment are added to Avery's charges

  • February 9, 2007:

    • Avery's trial begins

  • March 18, 2007:

    • Avery is found guilty of intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  He is acquitted of mutilating a corpse.

  • April 25, 2007:

    • Dassey is found guilty of sexual assault, party to a homicide, and mutilation of a corpse

  • June 1, 2007:

    • Avery is sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole

  • August 2, 2007:

    • Dassey is sentenced to life in prison, with possibility for parole in 2048