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Making a Murderer Part 2
NEW Genre: Documentary Available: Friday 19 October Season: 2 Episodes: 10 TVSW says: For fans of true crime
WHEN THE NETFLIX TRUE-CRIME series Making a Murderer was released in December 2015, it became a huge word-of-mouth hit.
Ten years in the making, the series cast doubt on the murder conviction of Midwest man Steven Avery and led to 500,000 people signing a petition demanding a presidential pardon.
Now, film-makers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos bring us up to date with fresh evidence.
THE FIRST SERIES
The original series followed the case of Avery, a Wisconsin auto salvage yard owner, who was released from jail in 2003, having served 18 years for a wrongful conviction of sexual assault.
After new DNA evidence exonerated him, Avery filed a civil lawsuit for $36million against county officials for bungling his case and failing to pass on vital information.
Two years later, with the lawsuit pending, Avery found himself prime suspect for the murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach, a photographer whose remains were found on his property.
Despite lawyers claiming Avery was being framed, his teenage nephew Brendan Dassey, who has learning difficulties, testified that they murdered and sexually assaulted Halbach. Both men were handed life sentences for murder.
WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE
The Netflix series created a storm of publicity, and following the broadcast, the federal court declared Dassey’s confession ‘involuntary’, with the implication that the police had forced him to confess. However, an appeal from the prosecution led to judges upholding the conviction.
The new series will follow the men’s efforts to secure freedom, focusing on new lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who has overturned more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in the US.
‘After the first series, we kept in contact with their world,’ Ricciardi explains.‘we negotiated access to Kathleen while she’s working on the case, so we think we’re in a position to offer something special and unique once again.’
Cameras follow Zellner as she tirelessly works the case and uncovers unexpected evidence – including her startling claim that Halbach’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Hillegas, is the real killer.
‘It’s true that there are people who are of the opinion that the jury has spoken and want to move on. And it’s important to explore that perspective as well,’ says Demos. ‘But Kathleen is looking for answers. She may or may not find them, but it’s certainly a journey I think many viewers will want to take with her.’
CONVICTED: STEVEN AVERY
LAWYER KATHLEEN ZELLNER FACES THE MEDIA