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‘Making a Murderer’ lawyer attacks police sergeant on Twitter and accuses him of planting evidence

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Harvey Day
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Making a Murderer

It’s the true crime documentary that captured the imaginations of millions around the world and had amateur sleuths everywhere asking: Who killed Teresa Halbach? Was it Steven Avery? Or was he the victim of a dark and elaborate police cover-up?

To get you back in the mood of that chilling story, here’s the trailer for the award-winning Making a Murderer:

In the latest development of this long-running saga, Jerry Buting, who came to fame as one of Avery’s defense lawyers on the wildly popular Netflix series, has publicly attacked retiring Manitowoc County Sheriff’s sergeant Andrew Colborn and accused him of planting evidence.

Buting posted this ‘Planters peanuts’ meme on Twitter on Saturday along with the caption, “Colborn’s monthly pension will include the standard issue Manitowoc retirement ration” and a link to an article announcing Colborn’s retirement:

Viewers of the show will know that at trial Buting strongly suggested evidence was planted against his client.

For anyone who’s now a bit rusty on the Making a Murderer case, here’s a brief summary: The 10-part documentary follows Steven Avery - a Wisconsin man wrongly convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder in 1985.

DNA evidence later proved his innocence, resulting in his release from 2003. Two years later, after filing a $36 million (£24.4 million) lawsuit against Manitowoc County for his wrongful conviction, Avery was then accused and convicted of the murder of Teresa Halbach, a photographer who went missing in the area around the Avery family scrap yard - a crime that Avery’s defence team believes was pinned on Steven Avery by the Manitowoc County police.

Colborn was hired in 1992 under Manitowoc County Sheriff Tom Kocourek and became lieutenant of the detective bureau in 2013, according to INQUISITR.

Colborn, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1976 to 1988, denies that he or any member of law enforcement planted evidence against Steven Avery. We’ve reached out to Manitowoc County Sheriff’s department for comment.

A follow-up second series of Making a Murderer is in the works, chasing up the latest developments in the case and is due to air some time this year.

A Netflix spokesman said earlier: “This next chapter will provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, as well as, the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.

“The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and [co-defendant, Brendan] Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case.”

With all the legal drama around Dassey’s controversial confession (which temporarily saw his conviction overturned), there’s lots more ground for a second season to cover. We will certainly be watching. 

(Image: Netflix)