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Netflix's 'Making a Murderer' Gets Second Season to Examine Steven Avery Conviction

by Erik Ortiz /  / Updated 
Steven Avery is escorted to the Manitowoc County Courthouse for his sentencing Friday, June 1, 2007, in Manitowoc, Wis. Dan Powers / Post-Crescent via AP, file

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Convicted killer Steven Avery, the subject of the Netflix true crime series "Making a Murderer," isn’t done fighting for his freedom — and the directors aren’t done telling his story.

The streaming service announced Tuesday that the acclaimed series will have a second season to document the legal twists and turns of Avery's case, which attracted intense interest when the show launched last December.

The first season, told over 10 episodes, chronicled Avery's life growing up in Wisconsin and how he was found guilty of sexual assault and attempted murder before he was exonerated in 2003. Four years later, he was convicted in the murder of a photographer — a case in which his nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also found guilty as an accessory.

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Avery, 53, has insisted he is innocent. The filmmakers, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, set out to find the truth.

The first season was nominated last week for an Emmy for outstanding documentary or non-fiction series.

"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” Ricciardi and Demos said in a joint statement.

No official launch date has been announced, but Netflix executives said viewers will get "access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team ... as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case."

Meanwhile, a petition to the White House to pardon Avery gained over 100,000 signatures, but the Obama administration said it was a state case over which the president has no authority.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also said he would not act on Avery's or Dassey's behalf.

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