'Making a Murderer' to Expand Steven Avery's Story With New Episodes

Filmmakers have begun work on documenting the post-conviction process with exclusive access to defense teams

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'Making a Murderer' to Expand Steven Avery's Story With New Episodes

The Emmy-nominated Netflix series Making a Murderer will return with new episodes focusing on the post-conviction process, executive producers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos announced today. The docuseries will continue the story of Steven Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey, the two men convicted in the 2005 murder of Wisconsin woman Teresa Halbach.

The filmmakers said the series has begun production, though they did not give a projected release date nor did they specify how many new episodes they were making. 

Avery's new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey's team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, have granted Ricciardi and Demos exclusive access as they look at new ways to appeal their clients' cases.

A press release also promises "intimate access to the families and characters close to the case." It did not specify whether attorneys Jerry Buting or Dean Strang, who defended Avery in his original trial and subsequently went on a talking tour, would be featured.

In addition to documenting the post-conviction process, the filmmakers aim to show the emotional toll that such a case takes on all involved.

"We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series," Ricciardi and Demos said in a joint statement. "The viewers' interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold."

Making a Murderer was nominated for six Emmy awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, last week.