That was quick. Investigation Discovery is set to air a news special following up on the controversial murder trial of Steven Avery, which was recently chronicled in Netflix’s popular docu-series Making a Murderer.
Front Page: The Steven Avery Story began production this week and is slated to run later this month, with Dateline NBC correspondent Keith Morrison hosting.
Per a network release, the special aims to “better inform viewers in light of the nearly 300,000 people calling for the release of Avery.”
Avery is currently serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach; his conviction followed his spending 18 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in 1985. Avery has steadfastly maintained his innocence and alleged that he was framed by local authorities.
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Since Making a Murderer debuted Dec. 18, several petitions calling for Avery’s release have sprung up, and the filmmakers recently said that a juror in the case reached out to them and said the juror believes Avery was framed and proven not guilty.
“We are excited to share with viewers the latest in this compelling saga,” said Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America, in a statement. “Following our investigation, we expect that Front Page: The Steven Avery Story will present crucial testimony and information that addresses many of the questions surrounding Steven Avery.”