New episodes of ‘Making a Murderer’ are in the works

Steven Avery of 'Making a Murderer.'. Netflix

Netflix is bringing back Making a Murderer for a few more episodes.

According to a statement released on their website, the “next chapter” will give viewers an in-depth look at the post-conviction process that faced convicted murderer Steven Avery and his co-defendant and nephew, Brendan Dassey. The new clips will also give fans “exclusive access” to Avery’s new and outspoken lawyer, Kathleen Zellner.

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“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series. The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold” said Making a Murderer creators, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, in the statement.

Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of original documentary programming, added: “Because of Ricciardi’s and Demos’ incredible vision, commitment and keen eye, audiences around the globe became completely captivated by the personal stories of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and the unique lens their experiences provide into the criminal justice system… We’re thrilled to be continuing our longstanding relationship with the filmmakers, and look forward to giving our global viewers eagerly anticipated updates on this story.”

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It’s not yet known when the new episodes will air.

Netflix’s Making a Murderer is a documentary series that follows the case of Wisconsin native Avery. The 53-year-old is currently serving a life sentence (without the possibility for parole) for the murder of Teresa Halbach and illegally possessing a firearm. He’s currently in the process of filing an appeal.

The series calls into question the investigation and trial that put Avery and Dassey behind bars, and alleges the investigators and police in the case planted evidence and otherwise manipulated the outcome of the trial.

He had previously been jailed for 18 years for a sexual assault in 1985, and was exonerated in that case by DNA evidence discovered in 2003. Two years later, Avery brought a US$36-million lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Wis., for the wrongful conviction.

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Since joining (and taking the lead on) Avery’s defence, Zellner has been working to poke holes in the prosecution’s case. Not only has she stated that she and her team have an “airtight alibi” for Avery, she has also claimed to have a new suspect in the murder of Halbach.

Manitowoc County police never looked into the suspect, and Zellner believes it’s further evidence that Avery was framed.

“They used forensic science to convict [Avery], and I’ll be using it to convict them of planting the evidence,” she has said.

“Half of my exoneration cases have led to the apprehension of the real killer,” Zellner said. “I’ve probably solved way more murder cases than most homicide detectives.”

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