Attorney: Steven Avery is Trying to Manipulate Nephew

Steven Avery may have indirectly manipulated his 16-year-old nephew to request a new attorney. That's according to court documents the boy's attorney filed Wednesday.

Avery and Brendan Dassey are accused in the Halloween rape and murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach near the family's rural salvage lot in Manitowoc County.

A criminal complaint says Dassey admitted to investigators he and Avery committed the crimes against the photographer and then burned her body in a fire pit.

Dassey's attorney Len Kachinsky filed documents yesterday saying Avery has told relatives in taped phone conversations that Dassey should get a new lawyer, and those relatives have visited Dassey.

The documents say those conversations occurred in connection with the lawyer's discussion of a possible plea bargain for Dassey that would make it easier for him to testify against Avery.