'Making A Murderer' Part 2 Will Be Released October 19th
Netflix has announced a second series of Making A Murder will be airing on the streaming service next month. A 30 second clip on Twitter revealed the second series will be named Making A Murderer - Part 2 and it will be available to watch from 19 October.
When the ten-episode first season was first launched on Netflix in December 2015 it garnered a huge international audience. The programme documents the trials and tribulations of Steven Avery, who is charged with murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005 and convicted in 2007. Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, who has learning difficulties, is also convicted in connection to the murder, based primarily on a confession he made while under interrogation. Both men were sentenced to life in prison.
Avery was previously imprisoned for 18 years after he was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder, only to be exonerated by DNA evidence in 2003. Following his release, Avery filed a civil lawsuit against Mantiwoc County for $36 million (£27.3 million), which was still pending when he was arrested in connection to Halbach's murder. Avery's lawyers argued that the prosecution's evidence was inconsistent, claiming they were attempting to frame Avery in retaliation to his lawsuit.
The footage for the series was filmed over a ten year period in Manitowoc County, USA, and after it was released, a petition to the White House requesting a pardon for Avery was signed by more than 500,000 people. However, the President didn't have the authority to grant the pardons as the conviction was made in state courts.
Read on for possible spoilers in the next series
Since the first series aired there have been numerous developments in the case. Prosecutor Ken Kratz argued that the series didn't provide a balanced or fair account of the case, even releasing his own book entitled, Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery And What 'Making A Murder' Gets Wrong. However, Kratz was forced to resign as district attorney after several women came forward claiming he sexually harassed them. A notable example was a 26-year-old woman, who was the victim in a domestic abuse case he was prosecuting, who claimed he sent her more than 30 'sexually coercive' texts.
Meanwhile, a federal judge overturned Dassey's conviction in August 2016 on the grounds he was coerced into a confession. But in December 2017, a court of appeals panel voted in favour of upholding his original conviction, in a vote that was split four to three. Just this June, the US Supreme Court rejected a motion requesting arguments be heard in favour of overturning the decision in the appeals court.
Avery has also experienced similar rejections in recent years. His new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has had an appeal for a retrial denied but has said she will not give up on the case.
According to Digital Spy, she said: "It does not matter how long it takes, what it costs or what obstacles we have to overcome - our efforts to win Mr Avery's freedom will never stop."
Here's hoping the new series is as gripping as the first.