During the investigation Brendan Dassey’s jeans were recovered from the Janda residence. Brendan said he wore the jeans on 31 October when he and his uncle cleaned a “red fluid” from Steven’s garage floor using bleach and other chemicals. Some of the bleach splashed on Brendan’s jeans and left white stains.

Description[edit | edit source]

The jeans are dark blue in colour, with pockets on each of the legs. The legs have a rather large width - quite commonly worn by youngsters in the late 90's and early 00's. On the jeans several white stains can be seen. These stains were the result of Dassey helping his uncle Steven clean a "reddish fluid" from uncle's garage floor with bleach.

Discovery[edit | edit source]

Co-lead investigator Tom Fassbender received information about Brendan Dassey having bleach stains on some jeans and that being the result of cleaning the garage floor of his uncle Steven Avery.[2] Acting on that information Fassbender went to the motel where Brendan and his mother were staying. Fassbender inquired about the jeans and Brendan said he had worn a pair of jeans on the 31st of October while cleaning "dark red stains" from his uncle's garage and had bleach stains on them.[2]

Together with Brendan, special agent Fassbender went to the Janda residence to pick up the jeans. Once inside, Brendan led Fassbender to the jeans.

Forensic examination[edit | edit source]

Brendan Dassey's jeans were sent to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to be examined by DNA Technical Unit Leader Sherry Culhane.

Culhane tested the jeans, along with a jacket also belonging to Brendan, for the presence of blood. The items came back negative for the presence of blood.[1] Culhane did not test the items for the presence of DNA.[1]

Legal application[edit | edit source]

2007 Steven Avery trial[edit | edit source]

The jeans were not used at Steven Avery's trial.

2007 Brendan Dassey trial[edit | edit source]

2016-2020 Kathleen Zellner appeals[edit | edit source]

The jeans were not used for Steven Avery's appeals.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Supporters of Avery and Dassey claim that if bleach came on the jeans, then there should have been blood on it as well, if that is what Avery and Dassey were cleaning that night. The fact that the jeans came back negative for the presence of blood is evidence, according to Avery & Dassey supporters, that no blood was cleaned that night and Avery & Dassey were framed.

On the other hand, if they were cleaning something other than blood, another red fluid, then shouldn't that, according to this logic, be on the jeans instead? At trial, Brendan Dassey explained he made sure he did not come in any contact with the red fluid, which is probably why his jeans were clear of red stains.

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