Court has just ordered Brendan Dassey to be released from prison on August 12 2016!
U.S. Magistrate William Duffin ordered for Brendan Dassey to be freed within 90 days, overturning his conviction wherein he was found guilty of assisting Steven Avery in allegedly murdering Teresa Halbach. The Magistrate said that the investigators lured Dassey into self confession under a false pretense that “he had nothing to worry about.”
The investigators were also found to have taken advantage of Dassey’s below average intellectual capability. Court papers described him as slow learner, extremely introverted and poor in comprehending nonverbal signs.
“These repeated false promises (of investigators), 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 (of the U.S. Constitution),” Duffin ruled as quoted by The Associated Press via 10TV.
What about Steven Avery?
While significant issues have been witnessed in the way that Steven Avery’s case was handled, there hasn’t been any concrete evidence that could prove his innocence either.
Avery was convicted for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. He previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before he was exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence.
Halbach’s Toyota RAV4, cell phone and camera were recovered from Avery’s property. Several people say that Avery was framed, that Halbach’s possessions were planted in his property to link him to the crime. However, as reported by UPROXX, new evidence has surfaced which could potentially tie Halbach’s cell phone to Avery.
In analyzing the remains of Halbach’s Motorola Razr – which was discovered from a burn barrel on the Avery property – Reddit user wewannawii discovered a smudge in the shape of a fingerprint on the phone’s battery door. Small markings discovered in the smudge seem to be similar to scars on Avery’s fingers.
The new discovery has produced a divided opinion among those following the series. Although some say the same mark can be noticed on the phone as well as Avery’s finger, the others believe it is only a state where one’s mind is noticing patterns and similarities that actually don’t exist.
Last month, Making a Murderer creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Damos announced the upcoming season of the series in a joint statement, saying they were “extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series.”
“The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold,” Ricciardi and Damos said, as reported by Complex.
The upcoming series will focus on the “next chapter” in the case of Avery including exclusive access to his attorney Kathleen Zellner.