Brendan Dassey, Featured in 'Making a Murderer,' has Conviction Overturned
Aug 13 2016 by Marjorie Miles
"We are thrilled for Brendan Dassey that his conviction has been overturned", she said in a statement.
A judge in Wisconsin ruled on Friday that investigators obtained a confession from Dassey by making false promises that the then-16-year-old "had nothing to worry about".
In 2005 Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach on their rural scrap vehicle property. A federal judge in Wisconsin overturned Dassey's conviction and life sentence from prison within 90 days.
August 12, 2016: A judge throws out Dassey's conviction, ruling that investigators coerced a confession using deceptive tactics. The ruling comes after Dassey's appeal was rejected by state courts.
The cases of Dassey and Avery, who were convicted in separate trials, gained worldwide attention after the December 2015 release of the Netflix series "Making A Murderer". In May 2006, state investigators interviewed Dassey but Kachinsky didn't attend.
Avery was convicted in 1985 in the rape of jogger Penny Beerntsen on a beach near her home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
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October 31, 2005: Teresa Halbach, 25, of St. John in Calumet County, a photographer for Auto Trader Magazine, goes to Avery's Auto Salvage near Mishicot to photograph a minivan for sale by Steven Avery's sister. His interrogation also did not feature any adult guardian, and Dassey himself was shown on the series telling his mother that the investigators "invented" the confession.
Brendan Dassey, who was convicted with his uncle, Steven Avery, in the murder of Teresa Halbach, had that conviction overturned Friday by a federal magistrate judge in Milwaukee.
The 26-year-old, alongside his uncle Steven Avery, were jailed in 2007 for his part in the 2005 killing of Teresa Hallbach. The series will offer "exclusive access" to Avery's new lawyer Kathleen Zellner, as well as Dassey's attorneys, including Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin.
While the news comes as a surprise, Earl Avery says he's hopeful for what it means for Steven's case.
"It is the conclusion of the court that this case represents the sort of extreme malfunction in the state criminal justice system", Judge Duffin wrote in his ruling. Court documents say investigators used leading questions when interrogating Dassey, which made it hard for them to tell if he really knew the facts, or if he was agreeing with investigators.
Brendan Dassey writ granted to reverse his conviction. One thing that's less certain, however, was the treatment and conviction of Brendan Dassey, Avery's nephew.