It’s been more than two years since Netflix released the mega-popular Making a Murderer documentary series. While a second season is reportedly still on the way, a brand-new series that will serve as a follow-up is now also in the works from another team.
The project, called Convicting a Murderer, will be helmed by documentary filmmaker Shawn Rech and Chicago attorney Andrew Haleand, and will take a closer look at the legal case that the State of Wisconsin built against Steven Avery in the 2005 murder of local photographer Teresa Halbach.
“When Making A Murderer was produced, many on the law enforcement side of the story could not, or would not, participate in the series, which resulted in a one-sided analysis of the case,” Rech said in a statement, according to Deadline. “This docuseries will examine the case and the allegations of police wrongdoing from a broader perspective. It will also share with viewers the traumatic effects of being found guilty and vilified in the court of public opinion.”
Making a Murderer originally chronicled (and raised many questions about) Avery’s case. He was convicted of Halbach’s murder in 2007 and, along with his nephew Brendan Dassey, who was also charged in the murder, remains in prison on a life sentence. Prior to the Halbach case, Avery was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and the attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen and spent 18 years in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2003.
Following the release of Making a Murderer, Dassey’s conviction was overturned after a judge ruled that his confession to being involved in the murder was coerced. In December 2017, a group of judges then ruled to uphold his conviction.
The original Making a Murderer series took more than 10 years for creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos to put together. As of last year, they were back on the ground in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, filming regularly and working on the follow-up, which doesn’t yet have a release date on Netflix.
Rech’s Convicting a Murderer was financed independently, and while it’s currently in production, has not yet announced a release date or outlet.
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