The popular Netflix series Making a Murderer is coming back for a second round, and the focus will be on the post-conviction process, as well as new evidence found that could potentially lead to Steven Avery’s release.
People reports the Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s wrongful conviction lawyer, is confident that the second season of Making a Murderer will provide enough information to prove Avery’s innocence, and show without a doubt that he was framed for a crime in he didn’t commit. Avery is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of 25-year-old freelance photographer, Teresa Halbach, who disappeared in 2005 after taking photos of a van on Avery’s property.
Zellner continues to update supporters, via Twitter, on the progress of the case, something she’s done since taking on Avery as a client. The lawyer stated that investigators and scientists working with her already amassed numerous pieces of evidence that she feels will eventually free Avery from prison.
“The new Netflix episodes will reveal all of the new evidence we have developed to show Steven is innocent and was framed for a second time.”
While Zellner continues to fight for Avery, Brendan Dassey’s attorney, Laura Nirider, is also confident that her client will also be freed. Dassey, Avery’s nephew, is also serving a life sentence for Halbach’s murder. When he was just 16-years-old, Dassey confessed that he and Avery raped and murdered Halbach, then buried her body parts in the Avery Salvage Yard. Yet, shortly after he confessed, he admitted he “made things up” that he thought the detectives wanted to hear.
Dassey’s reported coerced confession, coupled with the fact that he didn’t have his parents or lawyer present when being interrogated, struck the hearts of millions across the world, who felt that that the teen was purposely led into a false confession by overbearing investigators.
Nirider told People that since the world was able to watch the confession, they were rightfully upset. The first Making a Murderer documentary portrayed Dassey as a sensitive, confused, and extremely vulnerable teen who was more worried about missing an exam at school than the questions detectives were asking.
“The whole world saw what happened to him over the course of season one. People are rightfully up in arms about what happened to him, and we are grateful a spotlight will continue to be shown on his case.”
According to the press release for the second Making a Murderer installment, the film will primarily focus on the post-conviction process, meaning the legal proceedings that followed after Avery and Dassey were found guilty. It will also focus on the emotional toil that the legal process had on the defendants and their families. The following is according to the release.
“The new installments will take fans of the acclaimed documentary series back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld.”
The announcement for the second Making a Murderer documentary came just days after filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos were nominated for a whopping six Emmy awards for the film, including the following.
- Outstanding documentary or nonfiction series
- Outstanding directing for a nonfiction program
- Outstanding writing for a nonfiction program
- Outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program
- Outstanding sound editing for a nonfiction program
- Outstanding sound mixing for a nonfiction program
The stunned filmmakers were grateful for the nomination, primarily, according to Demos, because it helps to keep the focus on Avery and Dassey.
“With these nominations, it’s incredibly exciting because it keeps attention on the series and drives new viewers and keeps the conversation going, which was our incentive the whole time in making the series.”
Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey continue to get letters from supporters who hope both men will one day be freed.
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