Thursday 25 May 2017

Making a Murderer season 2 confirmed: 'Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey’s cases are still pending'

Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos confirmed the news at a convention in New York

Steven Avery is shown in a booking photo from the Netflix documentary series 'Making a Murderer'. Photo: Reuters
Steven Avery is shown in a booking photo from the Netflix documentary series 'Making a Murderer'. Photo: Reuters
Addictive TV: Wisconsin man Steven Avery is the subject of Netflix documentary 'Making a Murderer'

Jack Shepherd

Since its release, Making a Murderer has spawned thousands upon thousands of armchair detectives, each one searching for answers in the Teresa Halbach case.

After the 10th episode, there were so many questions left unanswered that the filmmakers are looking to return to the series for another set of episodes.

“From our perspective this story is obviously not over,” filmmaker Laura Ricciardi said at the Stranger Than Fiction panel in New York (via Variety). “It’s real life and (Avery’s and Brendan Dassey’s) cases are both still pending.

“We have no idea when the magistrate will make a decision in Brendan’s case. We do know that two potential outcomes are that the judge could order Brendan’s release or he could order a new trial.

“So we are on the edge of seats about that. To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this (case).”

Since the docu-drama hit Netflix, various people involved in the cases of Avery and Dassey have been featured in the media, including prosecutor Ken Kratz who alleged that the filmmakers Riccardi and Moira Demos portrayed him unfairly as a ‘supervillain’.

Brendan Dassey stands trial for the murder of Teresa Halbach
Brendan Dassey stands trial for the murder of Teresa Halbach

He also revealed various pieces of evidence supposedly left out of the series - something the filmmakers put down to having to fit the enormously long case into just 10 episodes (perhaps some of the evidence will make it into a second series?).

However, also speaking at the convention was Avery’s civil lawyer, who warned returning to Making a Murderer could be problematic.

“There is a lot of hostility toward these two women (Ricciardi and Demos) in Wisconsin,” Stephen M. Glyn said. “The theory is that have played Wisconsin unfairly.

“But among those people who think and are a little more educated and thoughtful about these sorts of issues, there is appreciation.”

Dean Strang on hit Netflix show Making a Murderer
Dean Strang on hit Netflix show Making a Murderer

Avery has a new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, who has been attempting to find new evidence to defend her client. She said recently that new forensic evidence should prove he is not guilty of murder.

(© Independent News Service)

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