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Making a Murderer Returns to Steven Avery's Case

New installments drop Oct. 19

(Newser) - The Supreme Court may have declined to hear Brendan Dassey's appeal this summer, but come October, the people will hear more of his side of the story. Netflix will drop part 2 of its Making a Murderer docuseries on Oct. 19, reports People , returning to Dassey and uncle Steven... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Making a Murderer Case

Justices decide not to hear appeal by Brendan Dassey, convicted of murder with his uncle

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is steering clear of a high-profile murder: The justices said Monday they would not hear an appeal of one of two men convicted in a case featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer , reports ABC7 Chicago . Attorneys for Wisconsin's Brendan Dassey, who was 16 when... More »

After Series of Legal Wins, Brendan Dassey Dealt Blow

A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly overturned a ruling that could have freed him

(Newser) - A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly overturned a ruling Friday that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Making a Murderer series from prison, though one dissenting judge called the case "a profound miscarriage of justice." A federal magistrate judge overturned Brendan Dassey's conviction... More »

Lawyer: Evidence Points to New Steven Avery Relative

There may be a new suspect in the 'Making a Murderer' case

(Newser) - It's being called a "bombshell" in the Making a Murderer case. Rolling Stone reports Steven Avery's defense lawyer claims to have evidence that a different member of Avery's extended family is implicated in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Kathleen Zellner filed a motion for an... More »

A Blow for Making a Murderer's Key Defendant

Steven Avery denied a new trial

(Newser) - The Wisconsin man convicted in the killing of a woman that was the focus of Netflix's Making a Murderer was denied a request for a new trial Tuesday. Steven Avery had argued that his conviction in the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach was based on planted evidence and... More »

Making a Murderer Inmate Scores a Legal Victory

Appeals court hands win to Brendan Dassey

(Newser) - A big win for Brendan Dassey: A federal appeals court panel has ordered Wisconsin to retry the inmate within 90 days or set him free, Courthouse News reports. The Chicago-based 7th Circuit panel upheld a ruling that overturned his conviction last year in the case made famous by Netflix's... More »

Making a Murderer Lawyer Makes Stunning Accusation

She says ex-boyfriend was the real killer

(Newser) - A lawyer for Steven Avery requested a new trial Wednesday and made a stunning accusation in the case made famous by Making a Murderer: Kathleen Zellner's 1,272-page filing claims Ryan Hillegas, ex-boyfriend of murder victim Teresa Halbach, is the real killer. Hillegas led the volunteer search for Halbach... More »

Vial of Steven Avery's Blood to Be Retested

Along with 8 other pieces of related evidence

(Newser) - Wednesday marked a big step forward for Steven Avery and his lawyer in their quest to prove the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, man's innocence in Teresa Halbach's 2005 murder. An agreement that allows for testing on a number of key pieces of evidence was on Wednesday signed by both sides.... More »

Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey Ordered Freed

Judge finds his conviction was unconstitutional

(Newser) - A federal court in Wisconsin on Friday overturned the conviction of a Brendan Dassey, who was found guilty of helping his uncle Steven Avery kill Teresa Halbach in a case profiled in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. The court overturned Dassey's conviction and ordered him freed within 90... More »

Netflix Grants 2nd Season to Making a Murderer

The documentary series will continue to focus on Steven Avery's legal battle

(Newser) - Netflix is bringing its documentary series Making a Murderer back for another season of making viewers go "hmm" about the American justice system, Variety reports. The new season, which has yet to get a premier date, will continue following Steven Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey as they fight their... More »

Threat Targets Making a Murderer Sheriff's Office

Caller threatened Manitowoc County bombing

(Newser) - Authorities say a caller who phoned in a bomb threat to a Wisconsin county sheriff's office made an apparent reference to "getting justice" for the man at the center of the Making a Murderer documentary. A statement from the Manitowoc Police Department says a male caller made the... More »

More US Exonerations in 2015 Than Ever Before

Almost 150 people, mostly falsely convicted for homicides and drug possession

(Newser) - Netflix's Making a Murderer has not only become a binge-watching addiction—it's apparently turned the spotlight onto unjust convictions in the US. And exonerations are at an all-time high, reports Reuters : There were 149 in 2015, compared with 139 in 2014, according to a report from the National... More »

How Making a Murderer Changed Manitowoc

Officials deal with plenty of 'cussing': Monica Davey

(Newser) - Ten years before Making a Murderer fans started debating Steven Avery's case at just about every water cooler in the country, Monica Davey was just another reporter covering Avery's arrest on suspicion of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc, Wis. The news came just as Avery... More »

Steven Avery’s Ex-Fiancée Now Says He's Guilty

Jodi Stachowski calls Avery a 'monster'

(Newser) - One of Steven Avery's biggest defenders in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer —his former fiancée Jodi Stachowski—now says everything she told the directors was a lie and that Avery is guilty, Vulture reports. Stachowski gave an interview Wednesday on HLN , her first since the... More »

Making a Murderer Inmate Files New Appeal

New lawyer says she has evidence to exonerate Avery

(Newser) - Steven Avery has filed a fresh appeal in his Wisconsin murder case—and thanks to the hit Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, there are now a lot more people paying attention. The appeal filed in a Madison court on Monday, which can be seen in full here , accuses authorities of... More »

Filmmakers on Subject's Guilt: 'We Don't Know'

'Making a Murderer' case continues to resonate

(Newser) - The number of people who have signed a petition requesting a pardon for convicted murderer Steven Avery is now north of 265,000. Avery, of course, is the subject of the true-crime documentary Making a Murderer on Netflix, which raises doubts about the fairness of his trial. Some... More »

Obama Can't Pardon Making a Murderer Inmate

Constitution bars him from freeing Wisc. inmate

(Newser) - Despite two petitions that now have around 300,000 signatures, there is zero chance of President Obama pardoning Making a Murderer inmate Steven Avery —and it's not because the president has strong feelings about the Netflix series that casts doubt on his conviction. As Leon Neyfakh at Slate... More »

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