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18th Dec 2018

A major player in Making A Murderer is suing Netflix

Carl Kinsella

Making A Murderer

He doesn’t come off well.

Retired detective Andrew Colborn has filed a lawsuit against streaming giant Netflix over how he is depicted in their true crime documentary series Making A Murderer.

The series tells the story of Steven Avery, a man who has been convicted of the murder of Teresa Halbach. Avery had previously spent 18 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of a sexual assault.

Throughout the series, Avery’s lawyers have maintained that the police acted improperly — either out of incompetence, or in an attempt to frame their client.

Colborn features heavily in the first season of the show, which was released on Netflix in 2015. Footage of Colborn on the witness stand during the trial of Steven Avery and giving a deposition under oath during the civil suit of Avery vs Manitowoc County plays a major role in suggesting Avery’s innocence.

The most contentious moment involving Colborn is audio that records him reading the licence plate details of Teresa Halbach before the details were known to the police.

The retired detective declined to actively participate in the making of the series.

According to Variety, Colborn’s lawyer, Michael Griesbach, says his client has been subjected to “worldwide ridicule, contempt, and disdain. He is filing this lawsuit to set the record straight and to restore his good name”.

Colborn’s case alleges that creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos left out key details of the case that framed him in a negative light.

The case has been filed in Maintowoc County, Wisconsin, an area that has become notorious as the setting of Making A Murderer.

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