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Will SVU try to make Making a Murderer‘s Steven Avery look guilty?

We already know that Law & Order: SVU likes to tell its own version of real-life criminal cases, and it looks like Season 18 will be no different.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, SVU will air an episode this fall with a storyline that follows a convicted rapist arrested by Fin years ago who was falsely identified by a female victim and recently exonerated due to newly tested DNA evidence after 16 years in prison. After his release, the man is implicated again for murder, and Fin is the investigating officer in the case.

Sound familiar? Aside from the fact that Making a Murderer‘s Steven Avery was in prison for 18 years — not 16 — after being falsely identified by a female rape victim before he was exonerated, and Fin (portrayed by Ice T) isn’t nearly as corrupt as the Manitowoc County Sheriff department, the plot for SVU’s upcoming episode is pretty much a dead ringer for Avery’s story.

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It will be interesting to see how the show portrays their version of Avery, considering the documentary completely polarized audiences. While many feel that Avery is innocent in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, others are just as sure of his guilt. We’ll have to stay tuned to see if SVU writers will paint Avery as a murderer or an innocent man twice convicted of crimes he didn’t commit.

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Another interesting tidbit about the SVU/Making a Murderer episode is the character based on Avery will be played by Henry Thomas, who played Elliott in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. If anything, we know this episode will be amazing because Thomas could act his butt off as a small child, so we know he will probably be captivating to watch in this role as well.

Just watch his early ’80s audition for E.T.

It was just announced earlier this week that Netflix will be airing Making a Murderer Season 2, which will follow Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, as they both fight to have their convictions overturned.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Mariska Hargitay through the years
Image: NBC

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