Netflix is currently in production on season two of its true-crime hit, “Making a Murderer.”
The docuseries follows Steven Avery, a man cleared of a sexual assault charge after spending 18 years in prison. Free and with a $36 million suit pending against Wisconsin’s Manitowoc County, Avery suddenly found himself at the center of the investigation into the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
Even worse, his learning-disabled teen nephew, Brendan Dassey, was accused of helping.
In the end, both Avery and Dassey were given life sentences for Halbach’s murder.
Since “Murderer” was released in December 2015, many people have come away with their own takes and theories on the case. And there have been a couple major developments. Kathleen Zellner, a defense attorney whose work has so far led to the overturning of wrongful convictions for 17 people, took on Avery’s case earlier this year. She has expressed nothing but confidence that she can get Avery freed.
And second, Dassey’s conviction was recently overturned. A federal judge in Milwaukee ruled that Dassey’s constitutional rights were violated when authorities questioned him without an adult present.
All this amounts to several loose ends that need to be tied up.
Here are six questions that need to be answered on “Making a Murderer” season two:
How will Brendan Dassey’s overturned conviction play out for Avery?
Certainly, the recent overturning of Dassey’s murder conviction has revived the attention to Avery’s conviction. But how will it play out for Avery? Will Dassey become a trial witness for his uncle? Or will Avery’s attorney want to distance his case from Dassey?
Also, there’s still a chance that the state will refile charges against Dassey. Does that mean season two will once again feature Dassey’s trial?
Who is new defense attorney Kathleen Zellner’s alternate suspect?
During the trial and in the wake of the success of “Making a Murderer,” several possible alternate suspects in the Halbach murder have been discussed in the media and fan forums. They’ve included Avery family members, Halbach’s ex-boyfriend, and even a notorious killer known for pinning his murders on others.
In March, Zellner said she was close to identifying alternate suspects among key people who knew the victim. Currently, Zellner says that she has a very good lead on an alternate suspect. Will that pan out?
Will new tests uncover that evidence was planted?
Since choosing to represent Avery, Zellner has been using new tests on the alleged crime scene and the evidence in the case. She hasn’t established whether earlier tests have come up with anything that will help Avery’s case and recently told the New York Times that she’s embarking on more, with results coming back within 60 days.
Nonetheless, she still feels fairly certain her defense team will come up with something.
“It may not all be successful, but I believe if even one bit of evidence is planted, the conviction is going to be vacated,” she told the newspaper.
Will any of the tests prove that evidence was planted, as many “Making a Murderer” fans suspect, or is she bluffing?