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‘Making a Murderer’ Getting New Episodes on Netflix for Update of Steven Avery’s Legal Battle

Ready for an update. On the heels of Making a Murderer‘s soaring popularity upon its launch in December 2015, Netflix has ordered new episodes of the true-crime documentary series, the company announced Tuesday, July 19. A season 2 premiere date has not yet been announced.

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Executive producers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are currently in production on new installments of the Emmy-nominated series. The episodes will revisit the story of Steven Avery, who is currently serving life in prison without parole following his 2005 conviction for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach.

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“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series,” Ricciardi and Demos said in a 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.”

Steven Avery
Steven Avery is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Courtroom after his arraignment on January 17, 2006, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

The new episodes will feature Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, along with codefendant Brendan Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as the attorneys attempt to challenge their clients’ convictions.

“Because of Ricciardi’s and Demos’ incredible vision, commitment and keen eye, audiences around the globe became completely captivated by the personal stories of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and the unique lens their experiences provide into the criminal justice system,” said Netflix exec Lisa Nishimura in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be continuing our longstanding relationship with the filmmakers, and look forward to giving our global viewers eagerly anticipated updates on this story.”

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Since the debut of its 10-episode first season, fans of the series have followed new developments of the case breathlessly, with many viewers up in arms that Avery had seemingly been wrongly convicted. Avery filed an appeal in January to ask a judge to toss the 2005 ruling.

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