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22nd Oct 2018

Making A Murderer: The key pieces of evidence in the case of Steven Avery

Paul Moore

Part Two is now available on Netflix and here’s a very quick recap.

Making A Murderer: Part Two is now available to watch on Netflix as viewers get reacquainted with the major events revolving around Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, and the murder of Teresa Halbach.

As stated previously, the two directors of the documentary, Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, were at paints to stress the need to honour the memory of Teresa Halbach while avoiding any notion that they’re turning her murder into a form of mass entertainment.

Without giving too much away, Part Two is primarily concerned with deconstructing the major evidence/theories/testimonies that were used to prosecute Steven Avery.

Essentially, Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has to deconstruct and find reasonable doubt in every aspect of the case that was used to convict Avery. In doing so, she has to show that Avery’s former legal team, Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, were ineffective in proving Avery’s innocence.

With regards to Brendan Dassey, because his testimony was the major reason for his conviction, his new legal team of Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin have to prove that his confession was given under duress and that he’s of limited mental ability, and that it’s not credible.

While this timeline of events is extremely lengthy, Netflix have provided a brief reminder of the main pieces of evidence that were used to convict Avery and when we caught up with Demos and Ricciardi, we asked them if there’s one major indicator of Avery’s innocence.

Basically, which of the below pieces of evidence doesn’t hold up when placed under intense scrutiny?

When asked if there was any facet of the case that they could have devoted even more time to in Part Two, Ricciardi said: “People always ask us about Part Two – did we feel pressure following the success of Part One? – and I wouldn’t say that, but I was uncertain about we ourselves. How would we we feel, how satisfied would we feel, when releasing Part Two.”

She adds: “Truthfully, we feel good about it. We’re telling a complete story that’s fully arched out with layers and important themes that emerge from it. There’s nothing I would go back and change about it.”

Making A Murderer: Part Two is now available on Netflix.

Clip via Netflix