Everybody has been fascinated by the new Netflix show called Making a Murderer, which is a documentary series that digs into the prosecutions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey over the murder of Teresa Halbach. The prosecutor in the case, Ken Kratz, has alleged that the filmmakers left out some key details. However, the two women behind the series, Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, are firing back at Kratz’s criticism.
As the Wrap details, Ricciardi and Demos believe that they incorporated all of the strongest evidence from the prosecution into Making a Murderer. Of course, there are details from the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey that were not part of the series, as it was a six-week trial condensed into 10 hours of television. However, Demos says that they worked to address all of the strongest pieces of evidence Kratz had against Avery, as well as the things Kratz brought up in press conferences. Both Demos and Ricciardi say that what they left out were less significant pieces of evidence.
During the chat with the Wrap, it is clear that the Making a Murderer filmmakers are not intimidated or even particularly thrown by Kratz’s displeasure with the series. The woman say that they are confident and stand by the series, and they believe it is both fair and accurate. They also note that despite Kratz claiming he was never given the opportunity to participate in the series, they reached out to him several times and that effort even became a component of the case file.
The Netflix series was released on December 18, and it definitely has everybody buzzing. People are going crazy over at Reddit digging into the case, and many wonder what comes next for Avery and Dassey. As the show indicated, both men have run into obstacle after obstacle in their quests to get new trials or new considerations. However, they have not yet given up, and Avery’s legal team of Dean Strang and Jerry Buting are still in touch with Avery.
As Mashable notes, Demos and Ricciardi are still in touch with Steven as well. The filmmakers indicate that they are talking to Avery regularly and they are still documenting the story and recording.
While Strang noted that it seems unlikely either Avery or Dassey have much of a chance of a new trial or release unless some new evidence comes out, Demos and Ricciardi are still essentially in production, they detail, so fans of Making a Murderer can surely expect detailed updates of some nature at some point down the road.
Regardless of the criticisms that Kratz has of the series, people are buzzing over Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey and the show. Did Steven kill Teresa Halbach? If he didn’t, then who did? Was Brendan Dassey involved at all? There are those who believe the convictions were the right call and that indeed, the show left out core details. Many others, having watched the show, question how the jury could have felt Avery and Dassey were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Will Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey ever manage to get new trials? Will Making a Murderer pave the way for new progress to be made to explain what really happened the night Teresa Halbach was killed? Everybody wants more, and it is great news for show fans that both Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are still following the case with plans to share more as this continues to play out.
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