So when can we expect the hugely-anticipated second season to be released on Netflix? And what were the crimes which Steven Avery was accused of? Here's the lowdown…
When is Making A Murderer season 2 on Netflix?
Making A Murderer season 2 will officially arrive on Netflix October 19, 2018.
After almost three years since the explosive first season first landed on the small screen, Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are returning to Wisconsin.
Over the course of 10 episodes, Making a Murderer season 2 will follow the legal processes since the show debuted in 2015 and the effect that it has had on their families.
The episodes from the first season were all released at once, but it has not yet been revealed whether it will be the same format as previously or whether the episodes will be released on a week-by-week basis.
Who is Steven Avery? What was he accused of?
Steven Avery was born in Wisconsin, USA, and married Lori Mathiesen, who he had four children with – Rachel, Jenny, and twins Steven and Will.
In 1985 he was falsely convicted of sexually assaulting a young, female jogger.
While in prison, his wife Lori divorced him and he lost custody of his children – including his twin sons who were just a few days old when he was found guilty.
It took 18 years for his conviction to be overturned and he was given a $36million (£28.2million) payout in compensation.
Days later he was re-arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005.
Avery is currently serving life in prison at Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution without the possibility of parole.
He struck up a relationship with Lynn Hartman, 53, through letters and phone calls.
One week after their first meeting, the pair got engaged to be married – but it was short-lived.
He reportedly dumped her over fears she was a “gold-digger”.
He starred in a Netflix original series which documented his struggle for “justice”.
In the last episode of the series, viewers are told that Avery has exhausted his appeals and is no longer entitled to state-appointed legal representation.
What happened to Steven Avery after the first season aired?
Avery is currently serving his sentence at Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution.
For the past 11 years, he has been fighting for his freedom, with the help of his two trusted lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting.
They claim progress in DNA testing could pave the way for a new trial over Teresa Halbach’s murder.
In August 2016, a US federal judge overturned Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction.
He told Dassey, now 27, that he would be released within 90 days.
But this decision was thrown into jeopardy in September 2016, when prosecutors appealed the ruling which in a 4-3 ruling at a US Appeals Court, found the confession to be voluntary.
On June 25, 2018, the Supreme Court Justices agreed not to review the Appeals Court ruling – but no reason was provided for the decision.
Meanwhile, Ken Krantz claimed the hit documentary had used deceptive editing and left out key evidence to trick its viewers.
The disgraced lawyer said the Netflix story had ruined lives and reputations, with the show “a very good piece of entertainment” – but not true to reality.
Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner has also made explosive new claims that Halbach’s ex-boyfriend was physically abusive towards her and may have been the one who killed her.
In a 1,272-page document, Zellner also claims that the victim’s former lover had unrestricted access to Avery’s property and Halbach’s home giving him “complete control of evidence”.
Zellner claims Ryan Hillegas assisted police in locating his former partner’s car.
In the new document, retired FBI agent Gregg McCrary declares of Hillegas: “I have seen no evidence that he offered an alibi or any sort of statement regarding his activities from October 31, 2005, to November 3, 2005.
“Nor have I seen any evidence that the authorities ever asked him to do so.”
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