The blockbuster Netflix series Making a Murderer, which follows the harrowing legal plights of Manitowoc County resident Steven Avery, has continued to make some very real waves since debuting back in December. In less than a month since first arriving to shuffle your queue, Making a Murderer has shifted the spotlight back to Avery's chance at a possible retrial with the addition of new legal counsel following recently unearthed details that paint an even more complicated portrait of Avery's 2007 conviction in the murder of Teresa Halbach.
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, the directors behind the enlightening and often disturbing series, stopped by Stephen Colbert's Late Show on Tuesday to take a deeper dive into their own thoughts on Avery's possible innocence. "My personal opinion is that the state did not meet its burden, either in Steven Avery’s case or Brendan Dassey’s case," Ricciardi tells Colbert, referencing Avery's nephew, also convicted in Halbach's alleged murder. "So I would say, in my opinion, not guilty." Demos quickly reveals that she agrees with Ricciardi, adding that "nothing" she's seen has convinced her that Avery is guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt."
As previously reported, Avery filed an appeal earlier this week alleging that one juror "influenced others" to convict him of the murder. That juror, frustratingly enough, is none other than Carl Wardman, who served as a Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department volunteer during Avery's trial. Furthermore, Wardman's son also worked for the department.