TV Critic’s Corner

When ‘Making a Murderer’ returns next month: Will he be exonerated?

The case of Steven Avery is picked up in 10 new episodes.
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The case of Steven Avery is picked up in 10 new episodes.

The documentary series “Making a Murderer,” which premiered on Netflix in 2015, helped trigger TV’s recent interest in true-crime stories. The 10 episodes looked into the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man serving a life sentence for killing 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Was he framed by the local police? And was the confession by his nephew, Brendan Dassey, of assisting Avery with the murder improperly obtained?

Since then, the case has continued to develop. A federal judge determined that Dassey’s confession was coerced and overturned his conviction — but then subsequent hearings ruled against him. The Supreme Court also declined to hear Dassey’s case.

Now Netflix is bringing the series back for a second set of 10 episodes, to be called “Part 2.”


The new episodes, also from filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, will focus on the efforts by the two men to be exonerated. We’ll see Avery’s post-conviction lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, work to prove that Avery was wrongly convicted. Zellner is known for having reversed more wrongful convictions than any other private attorney in the country. According to the Netflix press release, Zellner has “unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.”

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We’ll also see Dassey’s post-conviction lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin, fight to show that his confession was involuntary.

“Part 2” will be available on Oct. 19.

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