It will examine the case "from a broader perspective"
A new documentary series will reportedly follow up on the ‘Making a Murderer’ case.
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The Netflix show followed the case of Steven Avery, who was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Avery has maintained his innocence and claims that his conviction was based on planted evidence and false testimony.
‘Making a Murderer’ is yet to drop a second season but now, a brand-new series titled ‘Convincing a Murderer’ is said to be in the works.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Shawn Rech and produced by his partner, Chicago Attorney Andrew Hale, the pair gained independent financing for the project and will be looking to find a home for ‘Convincing a Murderer’.
Speaking in a statement, Rech said “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.”
“This docu-series 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.”
The new series will reportedly feature District Attorney Ken Kratz, lead investigator Tom Fassbender, and other primary figures in the case against Avery.
Back in October, Avery was denied a request for a new trial. Following the success of ‘Making a Murderer’, a judge ordered that evidence in the Avery case be retested. Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner said an agreement to start independent scientific testing on critical pieces of evidence had been signed by Wisconsin judge Angela Sutkiewicz. Among the evidence tested included Avery’s blood sample in the documentary.
However, Zellner said that a state circuit judge rejected her plans to present fresh evidence to the court. “We have additional test results and witness affidavits,” Zellner said in a statement. “The scientific testing is not completed, we remain optimistic that Mr Avery’s conviction will be vacated.”
Sheboygan county circuit judge Angela Sutkiewicz ruled that Avery had failed to establish grounds for new trial based on the evidence provided so far.
The Wisconsin attorney general Brad Schimel said that the decision “brings us one step closer to providing justice to Teresa Halbach’s family”.