A US inmate has “confessed” to a murder which Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey have spent years behind bars for.
The claim comes from the director of a follow-up series to Netflix’s popular documentary series Making a Murderer.
Steven Avery, 57, was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, among other crimes in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach after a lengthy and controversial trial that took place in Manitowoc County in Wisconsin.
Avery’s 29-year-old nephew, Dassey, was also convicted for his part in Halbach’s murder and sexual assault.
Despite those convictions, the director of Convicting a Murderer Shawn Rech told Newsweek his crew received the confession from a notable convicted murderer currently in prison in Wisconsin.
“We haven’t confirmed the legitimacy of the confession,” he said.
“But seeing as it was given by a notable convicted murderer from Wisconsin, we feel responsible to deliver any and all possible evidence to law enforcement and legal.
“Having been in production for 20 months, we’ve uncovered an unfathomable amount of information and evidence that is leading us to the truth. Our investigation does not end here.”
If the confession is proved to be legitimate it could spark the release of Avery and Dassey from behind bars and would be the second time the 57-year-old has been incorrectly found guilty of a violent crime.
The revelation comes a fortnight after the lawyer representing Avery, Kathleen Zelner, announced a USD$100,000 reward for the discovery and conviction of Halbach’s “real killer”.
Avery’s case first gained national attention in 2016 when the Making a Murderer Netflix series gained viral attention around the world.
Both convicted men have maintained their innocence for years, and Avery remains in the appeal process while Dassey took his case to the US Supreme Court and his attempt at a new trial was rejected.
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