Netflix set to release second season of "Making a Murderer"

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FOX VALLEY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Netflix is preparing to release part two of "Making a Murderer" on Friday. The popular series follows the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.

The two men from Manitowoc County are serving life sentences after being found guilty in 2007 for the murder of freelance photographer, Teresa Halbach. The cases gained international attention following the release of the first season of the Netflix series.

Season one of "Making a Murderer" focused on what the producers portrayed as Steven Avery's wrongful conviction and Brendan Dassey's false confession. Since its release, attorneys for both Avery and Dassey continue to file motions for appeal. The United State Supreme Court has refused to even hear Dassey's case, while Avery's remains in the state court system.

According to the producers, the appeals process will be addressed when "Making a Murderer" season two is released on Friday.

"Part two, really focuses on the post-conviction process which is quite different than the investigation and the trials so we thought it was a valuable opportunity to take viewers into this much lesser known phase of the criminal justice system," says Producer, Moira Demos.

At the time of the season one release, the family of Teresa Halbach released a statement that said in part, "...we are saddened to learn that individuals and corporations continue to create entertainment and to seek profit from our loss."

The producers of "Making a Murderer" are trying to dispute that claim but wouldn't comment on how much Netflix paid for a second season of the series.

Demos adds, "I think it's understandable that they feel that way. Those are not our motives. Our motives are to add social value, to ask questions about our justice system."

A justice system that has already allowed a jury of 12 to listen to all of the evidence in both cases and still vote to convict Avery and Dassey.