MAKING a Murderer has taken an explosive twist after a prison inmate has confessed to the killing of Teresa Halbach.
The unidentified Wisconsin prisoner reportedly admitted the murder in a taped interview with the Netflix documentary crew’s producers.
If true, the confession could exonerate Steven Avery, 57, and his nephew Brendan Dassey, 29, who have both spent more than a decade behind bars for the 25-year-old’s murder.
Both protest their innocence.
Dassey’s case has already gone to the Supreme Court where his plea for a new trial was rejected.
Avery’s is still in the appeals process.
The recording was handed over to police by the filmmakers of “Convicting a Murderer”.
‘OUR INVESTIGATION DOESN’T END HERE’
But the director Shawn Rech said they can not confirmed the “legitimacy of the confession”.
Mr Rech told Newsweek: “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.”
His team have been in production for 20 months and claim to have uncovered “unfathomable amount of information and evidence” the claims will lead them to the truth.
He added: “Our investigation does not end here.”
The trials of Dassey and Avery gained global attention after the release of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, which cast doubt on the legal processes used to convict them.
Photographer Teresa Halbach disappeared in 2005, after visiting the Avery family salvage yard in Twin Rivers.
Dassey was initially interviewed as a witness in the investigation into his uncle.
But police contacted Brendan again after his cousin Kayla said he had discussed the murder with her.
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In March 2006 Dassey was arrested and charged with being party to first-degree murder, sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse, and was convicted in April 2007 after a nine-day trial.
During interrogations by the police he confessed in detail to helping Avery carry out the rape, killing and dismemberment of Halbach.
His confession was used as the foundation of Dassey’s trial, which lacked physical evidence linking him to the murder.
But in June 2006 he recanted his admission in a letter to the judge, claiming he had been coerced and that he had taken most of the ideas from a book. He never testified against Avery.
Dassey was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole in 2048.
On June 6, 2007, Avery was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of early release after being found guilty of Halbach’s murder.
Avery is currently serving his sentence at Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution.
For the past 12 years he has been fighting for his freedom.
Avery argued that his conviction was based on planted evidence and false testimony.
His attorney Kathleen Zellner has said she has a “big announcement” about his case coming up.
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