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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

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