On Wednesday we reported that the subject of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated docuseries Making a Murderer would continue his controversial life sentence. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison for his alleged involvement of the murder of Teresa Halbach by his uncle, Steven Avery. If, like many viewers, you were left seeking closure on Dassey’s fate, fear not. Production has started on a follow-up series titled Convicting a Murderer.
Documentary filmmaker Shawn Rech will be coming back to direct the eight-episodes series, which will be produced by his Cleveland-based Transition Studios. The project is being financed independently, so it doesn’t look like Netflix is involved for the time being. Convicting a Murderer will revisit the 2005 murder of Halbach, and the hotly debated case the state of Wisconsin brought against Avery. The defense accused police of planting evidence and tampering with the crime scene to secure a conviction. Rech will be working with important figures in the case, included District Attorney Ken Kratz and lead investigator Tom Fassbender.
Netflix previously gave the green light to a second season of Making a Murderer, the first of which Rech believes resulted in a “one-sided analysis of the case.” As the director explained, “When Making a Murderer was produced, many on the law enforcement side could not, or would not, participate in the series.” Convicting a Murderer “will examine the case and the allegations of police wrongdoing from a broader perspective. It will also share with viewers the traumatic effects of being found guilty and vilified in the court of public opinion,” said Rech.