A retired sheriff who appeared in 'Making a Murderer' is suing Netflix for defamation.

A detective who appeared in true crime documentary series Making A Murderer has sued Netflix for defamation.

Andrew Colborn, a now retired sheriff, has claimed the hit Netflix documentary suggested he planted evidence to frame accused murderer Steven Avery.

According to the BBC, Colbrorn’s lawyer, Michael Griesbach, said Colborn had been subject to “worldwide ridicule, contempt and disdain” since the series first aired in 2015.

In a statement released to Variety, Griesbach said: “His reputation and that of Manitowoc County, itself, has been severely and unjustly defamed.”

“He is filing this lawsuit to set the record straight and to restore his good name,” he continued.

The suit also stated that Colborn has suffered a loss of income as a result of series.

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Netflix have not yet commented on the defamation suit.

The first season of Making a Murderer looked at the case of Steven Avery – a man who was wrongly convicted and exonerated for rape, and then later convicted for the murder of 25-year-old photographer, Teresa Halbach.

Avery’s teenage nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also convicted for his alleged role in the crime.

The ten-part documentary series was filmed over 10 years and its 2015 release generated a huge amount of buzz around the case, with viewers fiercely debating whether Avery was actually guilty or wrongly convicted once again.


After the first season aired, both Avery and his nephew Dassey launched appeals.

In 2016, a judge ruled that Dassey should be released from prison. But then another judge ruled that he should remain in prison.

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Brendan Dassey. Image: Netflix.

In 2017, a Wisconsin judge denied Avery a new trial.

A lot of the first season of the show focused on whether the Manitowoc County Sheriff's department tried to frame Avery as retaliation to a lawsuit Avery launched against them after being wrongfully framed for murder.

Much of the season focused on the theory that a Manitowoc investigator planted Avery's blood - from a vial - in Halbach's car.

Within the suit he has just launched, former detective Colborn has claimed that the vial of Avery's blood was punctured as part of a routine procedure in regards to Avery's overturned 1985 murder and rape conviction.

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