The former fiancée of Making a Murderer’s subject Steven Avery said she is happy that Brendan Dassey would be freed, but fears it could also lead to Avery’s exoneration.
While Jodi Stachowsky previously stood by Avery and defended him in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, she said she would not like Avery freed, adding that he is responsible for the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach.
Avery was convicted for the 2005 murder of Halbach after spending 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before he was exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence. Dassey, his nephew, was also convicted for acting as his uncle’s accomplice.
Making a Murderer: Steven Avery’s ex fiancee fears for his release
Speaking about Dassey, Stachowsky said the state of Wisconsin had a duty of care towards him “because they wilfully destroyed his life.” However, she said this could possibly pressurize the courts to exonerate Avery as well, as reported by TMZ.
Avery’s brother Chuck, on the other hand, has a different stand. He said he will not celebrate “until the other person wrongly convicted is also freed: his brother.”
On January, TMZ reported that Stachowski referred to Avery as “a monster.” She also claimed life with him was so bad that she once tried to kill herself by consuming poison.
On Friday, Dassey’s imprisonment was deemed unlawful by a federal judge. As a result, Dassey would either be released or get a new trial.
As reported by Journal Sentinel, Dassey’s confession was ruled as involuntary by federal Judge William Duffin who said Dassey was interrogated by the police in the absence of a “supportive adult.”
“The investigators repeatedly claimed to already know what happened on October 31 and assured Dassey that he had nothing to worry about,” Duffin wrote in the judgment. “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.”