August 12, 2016 marked a life changing event for Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey. It was on this day that his murder conviction was overturned by the court.
With redemption a reality for Dassey, many are hoping that Steven Avery will also see his own conviction overturned. Avery and his nephew are convicted with murdering and sexually assaulting photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.
Brendan Dassey Now A Free Man
The New York Times reported however, that because he and his nephew were tried and convicted in separate trials the ruling on Dassey will not affect Avery. Brendan Dassey, now 26, will be released from federal prison within 90 days unless the court reschedules a new trial.
The basis for overturning his conviction stemmed from claims that he was mentally unfit and was coerced into confessing. Dassey later recanted his statements, which the judge who overturned the ruling classified as involuntary confessions.
Making a Murderer was among those who suggested that the Dassey was unfairly questioned. The series, which premiered in 2015, made the Steven Avery case a national phenomenon and garnered support for the defendants.
Judge William E. Duffin wrote in the 91-page court order that the state courts made a mistake in finding that investigators never made Mr. Dassey any promises. The investigators falsely promised that they already knew what happened and that Dassey didn’t have to worry about anything.
One of the lawyers for Steven Avery, Kathleen Zellner stated hours after the decision that they fully expected the outcome. This was thanks in part to the new evidence they presented. And also in part to an unbiased court that carefully looked into the case.
Netflix has announced a second season for Making a Murderer, which will document the developments in the case post-convictions. The legal teams of both convicts claim that the new season will also see both men set free, which seems to be the case for Brendan Dassey.