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Convicted killer wants federal lawsuit dismissed

Published On: Aug 20 2014 10:36:27 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 20 2014 10:37:22 AM CDT
MANITOWOC, Wis. -

The man imprisoned for killing a 25-year-old photographer on his family property near Mishicot in 2005 wants his federal civil rights lawsuit dismissed.

Steven Avery sued several public officials in 2012, claiming he was subjected to unreasonable search and seizures and was denied his free speech rights while being held in the Calumet County Jail. Avery wanted $15 million in punitive damages.

WLUK-TV reported that Avery's handwritten motion to dismiss comes just a few weeks after federal Judge Lynn Adelman denied Avery's request for a publicly funded attorney. The attorney for the defendants, including Sheriff Gerald Pagel, is seeking to have the suit dismissed with prejudice, so Avery could not refile the claim.

Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted of killing Teresa Halbach on Oct. 31, 2005.

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