If you watched the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Making a Murderer and were wondering what’s happening with Steven Avery’s case, we have great news.
Netflix announced today that production has begun on new episodes that will take fans back into the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery and his co-defendant, his nephew Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld.
This next chapter will provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, as well as the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.
As viewers who saw the first season know, Avery was convicted of rape and served 18 years before DNA evidence proved he was innocent. Shortly after he sued the local police force for $36 million in damages, he was arrested for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
Many viewers of the series concluded he was innocent of the second crime as well, as it became clear that evidence had been planted in an attempt to make him look guilty, and most likely, by the same police who still believe he’s guilty of the first crime, despite the real rapist’s confession, 16 eyewitnesses who saw Avery miles away on the day the rape occurred, a time-stamped receipt and the DNA evidence that exonerates Avery.
Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, will feature in the new episodes, as will the families and characters close to the case.
“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series. The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold,” said series creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.
Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming said in a press release: “Because of Ricciardi’s and Demos’ incredible vision, commitment and keen eye, audiences around the globe became completely captivated by the personal stories of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and the unique lens their experiences provide into the criminal justice system. We’re thrilled to be continuing our longstanding relationship with the filmmakers, and look forward to giving our global viewers eagerly anticipated updates on this story.”