“Making a Murderer” directors and executive producers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos devoted years of their lives documenting Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey’s trials following the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
The resulting 10-part Netflix docuseries made its debut last year and became a huge success, with the case’s outcome causing controversy and outrage from many viewers. Marking yet another documentary that has had an impact on the real world, on Friday, August 12, Dassey’s conviction was overturned and a judged ruled that he would be “set free from custody unless, within 90 days of the date, the State would proceed to retry him.” His attorneys had argued that his constitutional rights were violated during the investigation, with the judge agreeing that a number of factors were relevant and “rendered Dassey’s confession involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.”
Following the ruling, Ricciardi and Demos issued a statement responding to the news that Avery’s nephew could be set free.
“Today there was a major development for the subjects in our story and this recent news shows the criminal justice system at work. As we have done for the past 10 years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead.”
The duo is set to continue the story with a second season for Netflix. The 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. A premiere date for Season 2 of “Making a Murderer” has yet to be announced, but this new development in the story will definitely be a key factor in the upcoming episodes and make it a must-watch television event.