The conviction of Steven Avery received overwhelming response following last year’s release of the docuseries Making a Murderer.
Avery previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge for which, following DNA evidence that proved he was innocent, he was exonerated in 2003. Two years later, he was convicted for the murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach.
A few developments have occurred in the case of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, accused of acting as his uncle’s accomplice in the crime, since the release of the show on Netflix. Avery retained a new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, in January. An appeal for his case was filed with the courts in the same month. The appeal claimed that Avery did not receive a fair trial in the early years of his conviction.
Making a Murderer creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have said they are keen on a second season, and as Bustle reports, there could be more content for them with an appeal on the way. Nevertheless, while there are telling signs that an upcoming season of the show is on its way, it hasn’t been made clear when filming will begin.
According to Time Out, Demos and Ricciardi recently revealed that they had been in conversation with Zellner regarding the new season of the show. It is not sure at the moment whether she will allow the show creators to interview her. Avery has not been able to watch the first season of the show; however, an interview with him for the second season has been conducted.
In a document titled “Action Agenda for Making a Murderer Watchers,” the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth lists certain pointers that it says can “help prevent other vulnerable suspects from suffering the same fate as Brendan.”
According to the document, “children should be given the opportunity to have a meaningful consultation with attorneys before they are allowed to waive their Miranda rights and speak to the police. Unfortunately, even the best intentioned parents are too easily coerced by police or led to believe that cooperation will bring leniency for their children.”
The document also notes that “evidence that the police fed facts to suspects should be considered by courts in determining whether or not to suppress confessions from evidence. Although fact feeding itself may not be coercive, when a suspect accepts these fed facts and adopts them into his own confession, this is the ultimate abdication of the suspect’s will.”
Zellner is in the process of finding new evidence that can help exonerate her client. The filming for the second season of Making a Murderer, provided Zellner and Avery are on board, could start anytime soon.