A judge has overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, who was found guilty of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, kill a woman in a case profiled in the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer.
Dassey’s case burst into the public’s consciousness with the popularity of the Making a Murderer series that debuted in December. The filmmakers cast doubt on the legal process used to convict Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery in the death of Teresa Halbach, and their work sparked national interest and conjecture. Authorities involved in the case have called the 10-hour series biased, while the filmmakers have stood by their work.
US Magistrate William Duffin found that investigators coerced a confession using deceptive tactics.
In his ruling on Friday, Duffin ordered that Brendan Dassey freed within 90 days unless prosecutors decide to retry him. The state Department of Justice, which handled the case, declined to comment Friday. The state could also appeal Duffin’s ruling.
Dassey confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery carry out the rape and killing of Teresa Halbach. His attorneys argued that his constitutional rights were violated throughout the investigation.
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