A Wisconsin inmate supposedly confessed to the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, which has been the center of the Netflix series “Making a Killer,” regardless of 2 males serving over a years in prison for the criminal offense.
Shawn Rech, the director of another documentary, “Convicting a Killer,” informed Fox News’ Dana Perino on “ The Daily Rundown” Tuesday that the bombshell confession was recorded on tape and has been committed private investigators who “need to dig in.”
Steven Avery, 57, and his nephew, Brenden Dassey, 29, were both convicted of Halbach’s murder and sentenced to life in jail. They both kept their innocence on “Making a Murderer,” which analyzed the conspiracy theories surrounding their convictions and explored whether law enforcement framed the two.
Rech, who has not launched the inmate’s name, called the new confession “really unusual,” and discussed how it fell under his production team’s lap.
” We ‘d been handling this inmate for about 18 months,” Rech stated.
” He’s a convicted killer in the state of Wisconsin and he wrote us a letter trying to further implicate Steven Avery some time back. So, we’re now concluding our 10- part series, which is an independent series of ‘Making A Murderer,’ and we’re fact-checking and attempting to debunk specific information, and we established a jail call to challenge him on some of the important things he composed in this nine-page letter, and instead of sticking to this letter, he immediately stated the letter was false and answered for killing Teresa Halbach. He identified it as a tragic accident.”
Still, Rech stated he was worried about the truthfulness of the confession.
” He currently admitted to lying, he’s a founded guilty felon, so that tells you, perhaps he’s not the most credible man worldwide,” Rech said. “However, at the very same time, he eliminated someone in the state of Wisconsin and he was walking around totally free when all this happened, and possibly this was the reason he was attempting to blame Steven Avery in the first place. So, it’s kind of a balancing act you sort of have to do.”
Rech said he turned over the audio recording, which was almost 10 minutes in length, to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, to Kathleen Zellner– who represents Avery– and to Laura Nirider– who represents Dassey– but he has not spoken with either of the accused.
” They’re not involved in our job,” Rech stated of Avery and Dassey. “They see it as an adversarial project because we are consisting of the law enforcement perspective, which was not consisted of in the original 2 seasons. They see us as type of an adversarial series or they think that we’re an informercial for the authorities, which is very, extremely far from the reality.”
Rech said that this brand-new details did not change the angle of his documentary, however “obviously debunks the letter he wrote versus Steven Avery since he deserted it himself.”
The Wisconsin Department of Justice informed Fox News it takes all reports seriously however the new confession “straight opposes info formerly provided by the very same individual.”
The Calumet County constable informed Fox News he was not familiar with any “new reliable information.”
” We were hesitant anyway, and we’ll see what occurs,” Rech said. ” We have to include this development in our job, but there’s a dreadful lot to what we have actually done in the past 20 months, and there are 10 episodes just packed with information. This will be one small piece of that.”
Zellner also revealed uncertainty at the confession, stating that her firm also got a handwritten confession from an unnamed prisoner who confessed to eliminating Halbach. Zellner stated her firm announced earlier this month that a person was providing $100,000 for info associated to Halbach’s “real killer.”
She described that when the firm failed to react to the prisoner about the financial benefit, he approached the production company with his story. Zellner tweeted that the handwritten note was “useless unless it is supported.”
Nirider also acknowledged on Twitter Monday that she was “familiar with the supposed confession provided by a prisoner in Brendan’s case,” but did not fancy
Former District Lawyer Ken Kratz, who handled the Halbach case, tweeted Monday: “To be clear, like everyone else, this is news to me. I have NO REMARK until I see the information.”
Fox News’ Matt Finn and Danielle Wallace added to this report.