Making a Murderer

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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 Inmate Must Stay Locked Up

Brendan Dassey was supposed to be freed by Friday night

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has ruled that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned, the AP reports. Brendan Dassey was convicted in 2007 of raping and killing Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison.... More »

Nephew in Making a Murderer Is Freed

Brandon Dassey will go free almost a decade after his conviction as appeals play out

(Newser) - A man whose homicide conviction was overturned in a case profiled in the Netflix series Making a Murderer was ordered released Monday from federal prison while prosecutors appeal. US Magistrate Judge William Duffin ordered Brendan Dassey's release contingent upon him meeting multiple conditions, reports the AP . The judge ruled... 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 Change.org 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 »

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