Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey Just Had His Conviction Overturned
He could be walking free within 90 days.
BY Matt Miller | Aug 13, 2016 | Film & TV
Brendan Dassey, the nephew of Steven Avery who was convicted of intentional homicide in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, had his conviction overturned by a Milwaukee judge on Aug 12.
Dassey gave a videotaped confession to the murder—which he said he committed with his uncle—that he later recanted. Dassey's lawyers—as was detailed in the popular Netflix documentary Making a Murderer—argued that his confession had been coerced by police officers.
Dassey, who was 16 at the time of the murder, was serving a life sentence.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter John Diedrich tweeted today that the judge cited Dassey's age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of supportive adult as to what rendered his confession involuntary.
"The investigators repeatedly claimed to already know what happened on October 31 and assured Dassey that he had nothing to worry about," Judge William E Duffin wrote in a 91-page court order, according to The New York Times. "These repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey's age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey's confession involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments."
Dassey will go free in 90 days if the state does not refile.
Dassey goes free in 90 days if state does not refile #makingofamurderer— John Diedrich (@john_diedrich) August 12, 2016
Judge: Repeated false promises ... Dassey's age, intellectual deficits ..absence ofsupportive adult, rendered confession involuntary— John Diedrich (@john_diedrich) August 12, 2016
From: Esquire US