Steven Avery will be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the time he spent in prison for a rape he was later cleared of. Avery dropped his federal lawsuit against Manitowoc County's former Sheriff and former District Attorney. An attorney for the county says Avery will get $400,000 dollars, but the county admits no wrongdoing. Avery was suing for $36 Million dollars. His attorney says he plans to use the money for bail, adn to hire a private lawyer instead of using his two public defenders. Manitowoc County's insurance company agreed to the settlement to "buy finality."
DNA helped exonerate Avery in 2003. He was charged in November of 2005 with the murder of 25 year old photographer Teresa Halbach in Avery's family salvage yard.