'Making a Murderer': Kathleen Zellner Says Colborn Lawsuit Is an 'Early Christmas Gift'

Kathleen Zellner has called a recent lawsuit an "early Christmas present" to her and the Making A Murderer team, though the filmmakers are the subject of the lawsuit. Former Officer Andrew Colborn is suing Netflix and Making A Murderer filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi for defamation, according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday.

To Zellner, Avery's current post-conviction attorney, the lawsuit is a gift. "We are thrilled that Colborn filed this lawsuit [because] he will have to testify under oath about all of the issues that have swirled around him for years," Zellner told Rolling Stone on Wednesday. "Everything about the first wrongful conviction will be exhaustively explored as well. From having observed the meticulous, painstaking, uncompromisingly ethical work of Ricciardi and Demos for two-and-a-half years they have to be amused but not in the least threatened by this frivolous lawsuit. For us it is an early Christmas present."

Colborn, who was an officer on the Steven Avery case featured in the series, claims the documentary series used a biased angle to wrongfully accuse Colborn and the Manitowoc County Police Department of planting evidence to convict Avery.

The lawsuit reads they "omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray [Colborn] as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man. Defendants did so with actual malice and in order to make the film more profitable and more successful… sacrificing and defining [Colborn's] character and reputation in the process."

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Steven Avery was convicted of murder by prosecutor Ken Kratz. Netflix

It also commented on the "overwhelming guilt" of both Avery and his convicted nephew Brendan Dassey, as well as pieces of evidence featured in the series, which some claim were planted. Colborn then suggested had the filmmakers included more of his testimony at Avery's trial, Avery's guilt would have been overwhelmingly obvious.

Zellner disagrees. "The basic theme of the complaint is flawed," she told Rolling Stone. "He is going to have to show that, but for these few edits, the world would have viewed Sgt. Colborn differently. … If the public wanted an un-edited version it could order the trial transcripts. Filmmaking is not stenography."

The attorney filed her own motion in the Wisconsin court on Monday, which asks for new DNA testing of bone fragments found in multiple locations near, but not on, the Avery property. Some of the bones are possibly human, Zellner's motion, obtained by Newsweek, says. Zellner explained finding these bones, from multiple locations, to be human would give evidence Avery did not kill Teresa Halbach on his property.