Published Sep 24, 2019Adding a whole new layer to Netflix's popular docuseries Making a Murderer, a Wisconsin inmate has confessed to the murder of Teresa Halbach.
In 2005, photographer Teresa Halbach disappeared in Wisconsin. Steven Avery was convicted of her murder two years later. The sentence has been heavily contested over the years, however, and Avery has insisted on his innocence since day one. By 2015, Making a Murderer brought the case to the global stage.
Today, news has now surfaced that another Wisconsin inmate — not Avery or nephew Brendan Dassey — has submitted a handwritten confession to the murder of Halbach.
A new series titled Convicting a Murderer, which is slated to be released early next year, aims to shed light on the information that was left out in the original series. In making the documentary, director Shawn Rech and his crew unearthed a confession from another inmate, who will remain unnamed during further investigation by Wisconsin police. So far, the legitimacy of the confession has not been proven.
Speaking to Newsweek, Rech elaborated on acquiring the confession. "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 teams."
While the information has yet to be corroborated, Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner tweeted that she's "#WorkingOnIt."
This confession comes just two weeks after Zellner offered up a $100,000 USD reward for information on the case.
Avery was convicted of another violent crime in 1985. He was accused of sexual assault and subsequently committed — however, he was later exonerated thanks to new DNA evidence. Avery served 18 years of his original sentence before he was freed.
If the new confession leads to Avery's freedom, it will be the second time the state of Wisconsin has wrongfully convicted him.
An online petition to free Avery started in 2016 has garnered over 500,000 signatures to date.