Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey has recently had his murder conviction overturned. Is this the 26-year old’s ticket to freedom or will the court rescind its decision and schedule a retrial.
According to the court order, Dassey must be released from prison within 90 days unless the authorities schedule a new trial. The ruling however, has no effect on his uncle Steven Avery as both were tried and sentenced in separate trials.
According to Heavy, the prosecutors could decide to retry Brendan Dassey but it will be difficult. Judge William Duffin has ruled that the defendant’s confessions were involuntarily made.
Redemption Or Retrial?
Dassey’s confession made up the bulk of the state’s case against him. He was 16 at the time of photographer Teresa Halbach’s murder and was coerced into confessing by investigators.
This is a stark contrast to Steven Avery, who was previously been wrongfully convicted for sexual assault. Avery spent 18 years in prison for the conviction for the offense. Avery is also one of the subjects of Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos’ Making a Murderer
Dassey’s 2006 confession was videotaped and formed the core of the state’s case. In it, Dassey detailed witnessing and participating in the 2005 murder of Halbach.
Judge Duffin however found that the state court made a mistake due to the investigators making false promises to Dassey. Dassey’s age was also a factor as well as a lawyer or a parent not being present.
The then 16-year old did not know the impact of his statements and how it will decide his life for the foreseeable future. Dassey later retracted his confessions, but the damage has been done, he was already convicted.
According to The New York Times, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos stated that the ruling was a major development on the case. The two has documented the Halbach case since 2015 in the hugely popular Netflix series.
Making a Murderer has been renewed for a second season and will be exclusively available on the streaming service. It will continue to follow the story of Brendan Dassey and Steven Avery post-conviction.