Former Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Detective Andrew Colborn filed a lawsuit Monday against Netflix and Making a Murderer filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos claiming that the docuseries defamed him.
In the lawsuit filed today in Wisconsin Circuit Court (read it here), Colborn says that the docuseries was edited to make it appear that he and other law enforcement officers planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and his 16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey for the 2005 murder of 25-year-old freelance photographer Teresa Halbach.
The suit also goes on to state that “At no time during plaintiff’s employment at [Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office] did [Colborn] serve as a spokesperson for the department. Declining dozens of media requests for interviews, plaintiff has refrained from public comment and has in no other way injected himself into the controversy surrounding the Avery case and the release of [Making a Murderer]. As such, he is neither a “public figure” nor a ‘limited purpose public figure,’ as those terms are defined in defamation law.”
The first part of Making a Murderer was released on Netflix in 2015. Part 2, which debuted on October 19, chronicles the unprecedented journey of Steven Avery from DNA exoneree and reformer to convicted murderer with Kathleen Zellner, who is renowned for overturning wrongful convictions, leading the charge.