Making a Murderer

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Alleged Confession Emerges in Making a Murderer Case

Director of new docu-series says a 'convicted murderer' offered up a confession

(Newser) - Steven Avery's own lawyer says it's worthless—for now. She's referring to a potential bombshell: an alleged confession by a Wisconsin inmate who has reportedly claimed to be Teresa Halbach's true killer. Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey are serving life for the crime, which was the... More »

Judge: No New Trial in Making a Murderer Case

Steven Avery loses bid, but he's expected to appeal

(Newser) - A judge has rejected a man's bid for a new trial in a Wisconsin killing featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer . Judge Angela Sutkiewicz this week denied Steven Avery's request in the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach. Halbach's remains were found in the Avery... More »

News From Steven Avery's Lawyer: 'We Won!'

Kathleen Zellner says subject of Netflix's 'Making a Murderer' has won his motion to appeal

(Newser) - With one tweet, a big victory for one of the subjects of Netflix's Making a Murderer has been revealed. "We Won!!!!!! Back to the circuit court," Steven Avery's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, posted Monday afternoon, announcing the news that her most high-profile client had won his motion... More »

Lawyer Thinks New DNA Analysis Will Absolve Avery

Appellate court must approve the testing first

(Newser) - Steven Avery's lawyer is confident his fate is not yet sealed. A leading expert is willing to use a new form of DNA analysis on human bones found in the Manitowoc County-owned gravel pit next to Avery's Wisconsin property, which "will prove [Teresa Halbach's] murder and... More »

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 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 »

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