Different Inmate Allegedly Confesses to 'Making a Murderer' Killing

Tarrah Gibbons
September 26, 2019 - 8:00 am

An inmate in Wisconsin has reportedly confessed to the murder of Teresa Halbach, whose case was documented in the 2015 hit Netflix true-crime docuseries, “Making a Murderer."

The inmate, Joseph Evans Jr., is serving life in prison for murdering his wife, according to Newsweek. Evans Jr. sent a letter on September 18 to Kathleen Zellner, the defense attorney representing Steven Avery, the Netflix "Making a Murderer" subject who was convicted of the 2005 murder of Halbach. Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, are serving life for Halbach’s murder. Both continue to maintain that they are innocent and have appealed their convictions.

Zellner shared the alleged confession letter on Twitter that was written by Evans Jr. In the letter, it stated he accidentally hit Halbach with his car, resulting in her hitting her head on a large rock.

Evans Jr. claims that he framed Avery for the crime and is ready to confess.

Zellner Monday tweeted that the handwritten confession "is worthless unless it is corroborated."

In the letter, Evans Jr. said the reward money led him to the decision to confess, but that he will “not sign a deposition to that effect unless Zellner helps him.” Evans Jr. said that he wants $250,000, in addition to the $100,00 reward. He also attached a deposit slip to his letter.

Evans Jr. is in prison for life for first-degree intentional homicide in Wisconsin for the murder of his wife, Dina Evans. He was convicted in December 2009 and was sentenced to life without parole.

Zellner's comments came after the filmmakers behind "Convicting a Murderer" told Newsweek that they were talking to a convicted Wisconsin inmate who told them he had murdered Halbach.

"We haven't confirmed the legitimacy of the confession, but seeing as it was given by a notable convicted murderer from Wisconsin, we feel responsible to deliver any and all possible evidence to law enforcement and legal teams," director Shawn Rech told Newsweek.

"We've uncovered an unfathomable amount of information and evidence that is leading us to the truth," he said.