The State of Wisconsin has a week left to make a decision, either a retrial or to appeal the federal judge’s decision, in the conviction of Brendan Dassey.
In 2007, then 16-year-old Dassey was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of a parole for 41 years for the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach.
Dassey was convicted for acting as the accomplice of his uncle, Steven Avery.
Brendan Dassey release: Wisconsin AG’s office has ‘made decisions’
Dassey had confessed to killing Halbach on Avery’s orders. However, his IQ score at the time was 70, which means he was qualified as intellectually disabled. He later said his confession had been coerced during his interrogation with the police.
Wisconsin’s attorney general, Brad Schimel, had 30 days to file an appeal on the ruling and 90 days to order a retrial since federal judge William E. Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction. According to Entertainment.ie, it is not likely a retrial in Dassey’s case will be ordered as there is no concrete evidence that associates Dassey with the murder of Halbach.
According to Duffin, the “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 U.S. Constitution.
Also read: ‘Making A Murderer’ Brendan Dassey Freedom Uncertain – Teresa Halbach’s Family To Decide On Retrial
While Schimel said his office has “made some decisions,” he has not disclosed what they are.
Brendan Dassey release: ‘He’s going to have to learn everything from scratch’
Dassey’s mother, Barb Tadych, spoke about the possible difficulties her son will endure upon his release from the Columbia Correctional Institution, Wisconsin, where he has spent his adult life. Tadych said Dassey will miss the security of his cell.
“Actually he is very excited to get out of there and he knows he doesn’t belong in there,” Tadych said, as reported by the Daily Mail. “But I think he’s scared a little bit of going into the outside world, it’s changed big time. “He’s going to have to learn everything from scratch, but he’s got us to help rehabilitate him, we’re going to be there every step of the way.”