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Making a Murderer fans, get excited.

Netflix has announced the highly-anticipated second chapter of the brilliant, critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning original documentary series Making a Murderer, which followed the unprecedented journey of Steven Avery from DNA exoneree and reformer to convicted murderer.

Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to the Midwest where they had exclusive access to Steven Avery and his co-defendant and nephew Brendan Dassey, their families and the legal teams fighting for justice on their behalf.  

Over the course of 10 new episodes, Making a Murderer Part 2 provides an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process – get your binge-watching cosies ready.

We already know it’s going to make for gripping television.

“Steven and Brendan, their families and their legal and investigative teams have once again graciously granted us access, giving us a window into the complex web of American criminal justice,” said executive producers, writers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

So, what will we see this time around?

As Part 1 documented the experience of the accused, in Part 2, they have chronicled the experience of the convicted and imprisoned.

Part 2 introduces viewers to Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s hard-charging post-conviction lawyer as she tirelessly works the case and uncovers unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and about how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.

Ricciardi and Demos also follow Dassey’s post-conviction lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin with Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, as they fight in federal court to prove their client’s confession was involuntary, a fight that could take Brendan’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

When is it available to watch?

Making A Murderer 2 is available to watch in the UK and Ireland on Netflix from October 19th.

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In 2015, Steven Avery became a household name after the hugely successful Netflix series, Making a Murderer, documented his arrest and trial for the the murder of Teresa Halbach.

He has maintained his innocence since his conviction in 2005, however, on Tuesday, the 55-year-old was denied his request for a new trial.

Avery's lawyer, Katheleen Zellner, had been hoping to present new evidence to the court if a new trial had been granted, though she did admit that some of the tests had not been completed.

“We have additional test result and witness affidavits,” she said in a statement.

“The scientific testing is not completed, we remain optimistic that Mr. Avery’s conviction will be vacated.”

Sheboygan County Circuit Judge, Angela Sutkiewicz, said that the evidence presented so far, in her opinion, did not warrant a new trial.

Last year, Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassy, had his conviction overturned after a judge ruled that investigators had taken advantage of his disabilities and tricked him into making a confession.

Despite this setback, Steven Avery's legal team say they remain “optimistic that [his] conviction will be vacated" and will continue to seek a new trial.

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Lawyers are to fight for the release of Brendan Dassey, a suspect and prisoner featured in the Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer, after judges backed a ruling that his confession was coerced.

However, it now looks like the 27-year-old could face a retrail after a panel of three judges ruled against the prosecutors' appeal on Thursday night.

Brendan was just 16-years-old and mentally impaired when he confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, kill Teresa Halbach.

As documented in Making a Murderer, Teresa's remains were found at the Avery family scrap yard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 2005.

Previously, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals said that “no reasonable court” could find his confession was voluntary.

In a joint statement, Brendan's legal team said: “We are overjoyed for Brendan and his family, and we look forward to working to secure his release from prison as soon as possible.” 

“As of today’s date, Brendan Dassey has lost 4,132 days of his life to prison.”

The ruling doesn't necessarily mean Brendan Dassey will be freed from prison, as the state can appeal to the US Supreme Court, but it does pose questions to police, prosecutors and the US justice system.  

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So, remember that time Making a Murderer took over your life and you didn’t leave your room for two days?

Well, get ready to do it all over again, because Netflix are set to release a new seven-part murder documentary series, and we’re already sold.

The Keepers tells the story of the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine ‘’Cathy’’ Cesnik, a nun and teacher from Baltimore.

The 26-year-old vanished in December 1969 before her body was discovered two months later. 

According to People, much like Making a Murderer, the series will investigate Sr. Cathy's life, the lives of the many people she touched and the hidden stories in Baltimore that may be connected to her mysterious death.

The trailer is set to drop this week and the full series will be available to watch on Netflix from May 19. 

We can't wait for this. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered the release of Brendan Dassey, who was handed a life sentence in 2007 for his involvement in the murder of Teresa Halback.

After almost a decade of imprisonment for the killing documented in Netflix’s Making a Murderer, Steven Avery’s nephew could be released within 90 days.

According to TMZ, Dassey’s impending release will be subject to a number of conditions.

He must remain in the eastern part of Wisconsin, cannot obtain a passport and cannot possess weapons or controlled substances.

The 27-year-old is also forbidden from contacting Steven Avery and the family of Teresa Halback.

In August, Dassey’s conviction was overturned after a judge found his constitutional rights had been violated when he was interrogated without an adult at the age of 16.

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It's all over! Last week Making A Murderer's Steven Avery got engaged to legal secretary Lynn Hartman.

They met only once, and to be fair, people were shocked to hear of the news, but as it turns out, she's a "gold digger."

And it was Steven's ex-finacée, Sandra Greenman who broke the news to everybody. Looking at the post, the break seems to spring from the former couple's interview with Dr Phil.

Sandra featured on the last episode of Making A Murderer, and took to Facebook to tell fans it's all over between him and Lynn.

She wrote: "I have a statement that I need passed around to groups. Steve called me two times tonight and wants everyone to know that Lynn and him are done.

"She has been in this relationship for money and publicity. His eyes are finally opened!!!

"Lynn received at least 5000.00 dollars from Dr Phil, and he thinks more. She got another 1000.00 for doing other shows. She also wanted to be on as many as possible.

"His words – she is a golddigger. He wants someone to contact Dr Phil before Mon. Show and let him know she was only in the relationship for money (sic)."

At least she won't have a starring role in season two of Making A Murderer.

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It was the documentary that hooked us all last Christmas, and now it won't be long until Steven Avery will be able to tell all in his first ever broadcast interview.

Steven is set to speak to Dr Phil on his daytime talk show next month, but of course it will be a phone interview as the Wisconsin native remains in prison.

The host of the show will also welcome Steven's newly-announced fiancée Lynn Hartman, where she will discuss their relationship and what it's like being with someone behind bars.

Steven was convicted in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach and is serving a life sentence in Waupun Correctional Institute in Wisconsin.

Shortly after Making A Murderer came out, Steven filed an appeal against his case.

We're looking forward to the second season of the series to come out.

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According to the Daily Mail Steven Avery is engaged to a blonde paralegal named Lynn Hartman.

The couple have been exchanging phone calls for eight months, while Steven is serving time in prison.

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The loved-up pair have decided to take their relationship to the next level, having met in person for the first time this week.

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In an interview from prison, the star of Making a Murderer said "She's going to be my future wife, we'll be laughing forever."

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The bride-to-be released a statement, expressing her joy about her engagement.

"I am very happy to announce that Steven Avery asked me to marry him today, and I accepted."

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"Despite all obstacles, and Steven's wrongful conviction and incarceration, we plan to be married shortly after he is released" she said optimistically.

Steven wa sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in 2005.

Congrats to the happy couple.

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Last Christmas, everyone went WILD for Making a Murderer, and there's been a Steven Avery-size hole in our hearts ever since the series ended.

But now, we've come across another documentary which is well on par with Making A Murderer.

A true-crime docu-series called The Case of Jon Benét Ramsey, is soon to hit our screens.

The eight-part series will tell the story of the unresolved case of Jon Benét Ramsay, a six-year-old beauty pageant contestant who was found dead in her home.

Jon was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her Colorado home on 26 December 1996.

There has been absolutely no explanation found for the killing.

Intrigued? Have a look at the trailer:

 

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Today, Steven Avery remains behind bars at the maximum security Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.

He is currently serving a life-sentence for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, who was killed in October 2007.

However, now his nephew Brendan Dassey has had his conviction for his role in Ms Halbach's death overturned – and inevitably people are asking what this means for Steven himself. 

Kathleen Zellner began representing the Netflix star in January when a fresh appeal was filed at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and she is working on his appeal case.

Avery's legal team said in a statement following the news that a judge had overturned Mr Dassey's conviction:“We are thrilled for Brendan Dassey that his conviction has been overturned.

"We fully expected this outcome from an unbiased court that carefully examined his confession.”

Ms Zellner continued: "I was just visiting Steven Avery and he is so happy for Brendan. We know when an unbiased court reviews all of the new evidence we have, Steven will have his conviction overturned as well.”

In June, Avery's appeal case was delayed by 90 days after Ms Zellner requested an extension. That extension runs to the end of this month. 

Steven was previously jailed for 18 years for the 1985 rape of Penny Beernsten but was exonerated after DNA evidence proved it was not him.

It was later revealed the real rapist was Gregory Allen and that there was evidence the Manitowoc County Sheriff department were aware he could be the perpetrator during the initial investigation.

Two years after being released from prison in 2003 he was arrested for the murder of Ms Halbach, whose remains were found in a burn-pit outside his home.

The makers of Making A Murderer reacted to Brendan's planned release with a statement: "Today was a major development for the subjects in our story and this recent news shows the criminal justice system at work.

"As we have done for the past ten years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead."

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His controversial conviction sparked countess debate when Making A Murderer was released late last year.

But now – in breaking news from the US – it has been confirmed that Brendan Dassey will be released from jail within a matter of weeks.

A federal judge sitting in a Milwaukee court has just now overturned Mr Dassey's conviction.

According to court documents, Brendan should be "released from custody unless, within 90 days of the date of this decision, the State initiates proceedings to retry him."

Netflix's Making A Murderer documented Brendan and his uncle Steven Avery's trials following the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in October 2005.

Brendan's trial lasted nine days and on April 25, 2007—after the jury had been deliberating for four hours—he was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault and mutilation of a corpse.

At the time Brendan was still just 17, but was both tried and sentenced as an adult.

He is currently imprisoned at Columbia Correctional Institution.

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During the Christmas of 2015, it's safe to say the whole world went wild for the Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer.

The more we watched, the more we felt sorry for Steven Avery, and tried to pick apart the documentary to see if we could find anything to prove his innocence.

Well now, new evidence has come to light surrounding the bones that were found in Steven's back yard.

In Steven's trial, the prosecution claimed that bones were found burnt in his garden, but they were so incinerated that only tiny bits of DNA were claimed to be left behind.

However, now it is being claimed that one of the bones has been identified as a bird's bone.

During the trial, the defence said: "It is unclear whether some, all, or none of the fragments had been previously determined by the state's forensic anthropologist to be human or not. 

"In short, the defence has no way of knowing from this cryptic report what was sent to and examined by the FBI Lab."

It sounds like this is just another dodge way of trying to confuse a jury. Either way, I'm sure all will be revealed on the second season of Making a Murderer

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