Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have crafted 10 new episodes tracking Steven Avery, his co-defendant and nephew Brendon Dassey, their families, and their legal teams. “Part 2” introduces a new character to the proceedings: Kathleen Zellner, a post-conviction lawyer who has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America. Backing Avery’s bid for freedom, Zellner uncovers new evidence about what could have happened to Teresa Halbach while examining how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.
“Steven and Brendan, their families and their legal and investigative teams have once again graciously granted us access, giving us a window into the complex web of American criminal justice,” Ricciardi and Demos said in a statement. “Building on ‘Part 1,’ which documented the experience of the accused, in ‘Part 2,’ we have chronicled the experience of the convicted and imprisoned, two men each serving life sentences for crimes they maintain they did not commit. We are thrilled to be able to share this new phase of the journey with viewers.”
Ricciardi and Demos, who are executive producers, writers, and directors of “Making a Murderer,” also follow Dassey’s post-conviction attorneys, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin with Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, as they fight in federal court to prove their client’s confession was involuntary; a fight that could take Brendan’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The first season of “Making a Murderer” debuted in December 2015 and steadily grew into a true-crime sensation. Following the unprecedented journey of Avery from DNA exoneree and reformer to convicted murderer, Season 1 took 10 years to film and it only took until July 2016 for Netflix to order more episodes. The original docuseries won four Emmys, a PGA award, and a TCA award.
In late 2017, Avery was refused a new trial, and Dassey’s conviction was upheld.
“Making a Murderer” Season 2 will debut globally October 19 on Netflix. Watch the announcement video on Twitter.
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