Friend of 'Making a Murderer' Victim Teresa Halbach Says She Won't Watch New Episodes

The friend says she doesn't know if Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, whose convictions in Halbach's murder are heavily scrutinized by Making a Murderer, are guilty

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Netflix’s smash documentary series Making a Murderer is returning for a second season, but at least one friend of Teresa Halbach’s – the 25-year-old photographer whose 2005 murder frames the series – tells PEOPLE she won’t be watching.

“I probably never will. I don’t have plans to watch it,” says Halbach’s college friend, who asked not to be identified.

In fact, she says, she never watched season one, which debuted in December.

Her friends who have seen the documentary told her “it would just be too hard,” she says.

“I’d like to remember Teresa the way I remember her, and I don’t know what’s in the documentary,” the friend says.

She adds she doesn’t know if Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, whose convictions in Halbach’s murder are heavily scrutinized by Making a Murderer, are guilty.

“It’s not my place to judge,” she says.

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She has heard the series has inspired a conversation, in some parts of the country, about criminal justice reform.

“It’s okay to start a good conversation,” she says. “If there was injustice, then hopefully that will be straightened out.”

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She says she hopes the new season includes more of Halbach’s family, who declined to participate in season one and have criticized it heavily.

“Maybe the second season, I’ll be hopeful that there’ll be more perspective from her family,” Halbach’s friend says.

And though she says the series is a continual reminder of Halbach’s death – “Her life was just taken too early” – it has been beneficial in other ways. The series helped her old friends reconnect via social media, where they shared photos and stories.

“It was just a nice chance to remember her and not the negativity,” the friend says. “It was great to see that she could still bring people together. Her happiness was still bringing people together.”

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