‘Making a Murderer’ Directors Reveal Wisconsin Almost Shut Down Netflix Series

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Yet another plot twist! The directors of Making a Murderer revealed via a Twitter AMA on Wednesday, January 20, that the hit Netflix docuseries almost didn’t see the light of day — due in large part to the state of Wisconsin.

The controversial series, which chronicles the 2007 conviction of Steven Avery in the murder of Teresa Halbach, points to many instances wherein the Wisconsin judicial system may have failed to give Avery a fair trial.

Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi told fans that one of the most difficult elements of creating the documentary series was nearly losing all of their footage in a court case.

“There were many challenges,” Demos and Ricciardi tweeted from the show’s Twitter account. “One was when the State of Wisconsin tried to subpoena our footage. We had to hire a lawyer and file a motion to quash the subpoena which we won. If State had won they would have effectively shut down the production.”

Making a Murderer has garnered plenty of attention since it first premiered on Netflix in December.

Avery’s ex-fiancée Jodi Stachowski recently claimed in an interview on HLN’s Nancy Grace that she didn’t want to be involved in the series in the first place, a statement that Demos and Ricciardi are contesting.

“We have no idea what’s behind Jodi’s recent statements,” the Making a Murderer Twitter account wrote in reference to Stachowski’s recent claims that Avery is not innocent. “The filming we did w/ her 9 years ago accurately captured her views and state of mind at the time. We had her permission to use all the footage. It’s not true that she asked us not to be part of the documentary.”

At the end of the Twitter AMA, the two directors noted that the biggest takeaway they had from working on the story and examining the case has been to do what they can to show why “it is in everyone’s interest that the process be fair and for verdicts to be reliable.”

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