Making A Murderer’s Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery’s nephew, is ordered to be released from jail after a U.S. judge ruled in August that investigators tricked him into confession.
U.S. magistrate judge William Duffin overturned his homicide conviction as the judge acknowledges the “misconduct” of Len Kachinsky, Dassey’s court-appointed attorney. It led the unlawful conviction of Dassey where he is imprisoned due to his involuntary confession.
At age 16, Dassey, now 27, confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery raping, killing and mutilating the 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halback in 2005. Both Dassey and Avery are sentenced to life in prison. The confession that incriminated him into imprisonment was ruled out as Judge Duffin found it cast “significant doubts” on its “reliability.”
Dassey is described in court documents as a slow learner who had difficulty in understanding language and speaking. With that, Judge Duffin ruled the investigator’s trickery by promising Dassey leniency.
Brendan Dassey’s supervised release comes with conditions that include compliance to state laws for sex offenders, submission to drug testing, and prevention from contacting Steven Avery or Teresa Halbach’s family.
Wisconsin state prosecutors made an appeal against the overturned conviction and also requested to hold the release order.
Brendan Dassey, along with his uncle Steven Avery, is known through Netflix’s docu-drama Making A Murderer. It follows the case of the two for 10 years as they battle for their innocence. Speculations came up after investigations revealed possible tampering of evidence by Wisconsin County to blame Avery and Dassey.
It allegedly stemmed as a comeback to Avery who filed a lawsuit against the County after being wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years only to be proven innocent.
Through Making A Murderer, the case of Brendan Dassey and Steven Avery garnered worldwide attention with many believing that the two are framed. Citizens have then requested and made petitions for the release of the two.
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