Making a Murderer season 2 is on the way, with a recent teaser promising a continued fight for Steven Avery's freedom. The first season arrived quietly on Netflix in December 2015, and over the holiday period, the documentary series slowly but surely came to the attention of the whole world, with Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, the subject of discussion at every water cooler. Filmed over 10 years, Making a Murderer followed the story of Avery, who had been wrongly imprisoned for sexual assault and attempted murder. Just 2 years after being fully exonerated, Avery was arrested and charged with murdering a young photographer, Teresa Halbach. Avery's nephew, Dassey, was also convicted, largely thanks to his taped confession under interrogation.
A number of factors meant that both Avery and Dassey's cases weren't crystal clear. Avery claims he was framed, and his attorneys at the time argued that the blood found in his car had been tampered with, and Halbach's car keys, found on Avery's property, had been planted. Meanwhile Dassey's family were also arguing for his release, since he has learning disabilities and was interrogated without a lawyer or parent present. Dassey claimed he panicked and lied because he thought that's what the police wanted to hear, and the tape certainly seemed to support that.
In the years since, Dassey has had his conviction overturned and then reinstated, and the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to overturn the conviction again. Meanwhile, Avery remains behind bars, still arguing that he was framed, and now with a new legal team. Such was the response to Making a Murderer season 1, and such is the ongoing interest in the case, that a second season was inevitable. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are at the helm once again, and here's what to expect from Making a Murderer season 2.
- This Page: Steven Avery's New Attorney
- Page 2: The Avery Family & Other Suspects
Steven Avery Has A New Attorney
Avery's former legal team, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, are out, and Avery has a new lawyer now. Kathleen Zellner is an attorney renowned for her work on overturning wrongful convictions, and she's determined to seek justice for her client. Zellner has been - and continues to be - very vocal about the case on Twitter, saying the State has failed miserably at finding who actually killed Halbach, and stating that there is no doubt about Avery's innocence. It's safe to say we can expect some pretty explosive claims to come from Zellner, and as she put it herself on Twitter, the court of public opinion will decide what's what.
One of the biggest questions arising from Making a Murderer season 1 was whether or not the police had planted the keys and camera belonging to Halbach, as well as the blood which ultimately led to the jury reaching a guilty verdict. Zellner has intriguingly tweeted that Avery's original trial attorneys were correct about the blood being planted, but incorrect on how it was done. Despite having had a request for a retrial turned down, Zellner's work continues; she's already filed a new motion for the court to reconsider. She has also made some strong claims about Ryan Hillegas, Halbach's boyfriend, who Zellner says is the real murderer.