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Town fears for safety as Avery files appeal

Posted: 5:18 PM, Jan 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-13 12:01:02-05

MISHICOT, Wis.- Steven Avery has just filed an appeal .  According to court records Avery filed a motion to be released on bond.  This move coming shortly after Avery secured new representation from Chicago attorney, Kathleen Zellner.

The new appeal questions that validity of the original search warrant for the salvage yard and alleges his rights were violated.  This appeal could put Avery one step closer to freedom and that has some who live in the Manitowoc County area scared for their safety.

"We know the family, I used to work with I think he was a cousin," said Mary Boncher of Maribel.

Mary and her husband Norbert Boncher live just 2 miles from the Avery Salvage Yard, but the recent developments have them worried.

"He was found guilty and they've got to find some real good evidence to get him out," said Norbert Boncher.

The Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer" has viewers questioning the evidence in the Avery case.  Now that Avery has a high profile lawyer representing him, the Bonchers worry the convicted killer could become their neighbor again.

"Make sure our doors are locked and if we saw him on the street we sure would avoid him," said Mary about what she would do if Avery were released.
 
However not everyone shares the Boncher's view point.
 
"He sat 18 years before and was set up then and it could be again," said Joshua Matz of Denmark.
 
Matz says if Avery or his nephew Brendan Dassey got out of prison, he wouldn't be concerned.
 
"I don't know the guy, I don't judge a book by its cover," said Matz.
 
Two very different opinions on a case that has the nation's eyes on Northeast Wisconsin.