Steven Avery, whose case has become the center of Netflix’s Making A Murderer, has contracted COVID-19 while in prison. The reports came after his former and current defense attorneys confirmed the news on Twitter.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Corrections revealed that 213 inmates from Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin had contracted the novel coronavirus, according to the Independent. As stated, this is where Steven Avery is “incarcerated.”
On Tuesday, Steven Avery’s former criminal defense attorney, Jerome Buting reportedly shared on the social media platform that Avery has tested positive for the virus. He also said that he is in confinement but, is “in good spirits.”
Following the shocking news, his current defense attorney, Kathleen Zellner, reportedly confirmed the status on the same platform. She said, however, that Avery will “fully recover.”
Steven Avery is serving a lifetime jail sentence for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. The same is also true for his nephew, Brendan Dassey. Since then, their camp has consistently protested the duo’s innocence.
The case has become enormously popular when it became the focal point of the true-crime documentary series on Netflix titled, Making A Murderer. The first series to the installment, consisting of ten episodes, dropped on the platform in 2015.
Three years later, the second series premiered featuring further updates on the case. These included the arrival of Avery’s current lawyer, Kathleen Zellner.
In late 2019, shocking headlines emerged after a Wisconsin inmate reportedly confessed to killing Teresa Halbach in 2005. However, Steven Avery’s defense attorney said that the confession is “worthless unless it is corroborated.”
Later on, their camp reportedly posted a $100,000 reward for individuals who have information that will lead to the “arrest and conviction” of Teresa Halbach’s real killer.
Following the huge audience of Making A Murderer, many have wondered whether a third installment will emerge in the next few years. This has reportedly remained unclear. But, a new documentary series derived from the original will premiere this year, as per People.
The upcoming material titled, Convicting A Murderer, which also has ten episodes, will highlight “elements” that the original series did not cover. The director, Shawn Rech reportedly told reports earlier that the upcoming ten-part series comes after his “follow-up research” on the case.
As stated, he learned that he did not have the whole story. “I was misled by the series,” he added. Also, instead of Steven Avery, the series will reportedly look at the eyes of the prosecutors, per Digital Spy.
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