'Making a Murderer' subject Brendan Dassey's court rulling overturned

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2016

The decision represents the critical moment in the sequel. the payoff for millions who watched the first installment in outrage as Brendan and co-defendant Steven Avery were convicted. Stachowski heard news that Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, could possibly be freed and is happy for the now 26-year-old, but is scared that it could also lead to Avery's freedom.

At the age of 16, Brendan was sentenced to life without parole in 2007 on homicide and sexual assault charges. "We know when an unbiased court reviews all of the new evidence we have, Steven will have his conviction overturned as well".

Dassey is one half of the subjects in Netflix's popular documentary series Making a Murderer.


In his ruling on Friday, Duffin wrote that misconduct by Dassey's own lawyer was "indefensible", including his permitting investigators to interrogate his client without being present. "The only facts in the confession had been fed to him by the investigators".

Dassey was 16 when Ms Halbach was killed in 2005 after she went to the Avery family auto salvage yard to photograph some vehicles. Avery remains in prison.

"The investigators' use of leading questions and disclosure of non-public facts makes it hard to evaluate whether Dassey really knew the facts or was simply agreeing with the investigators", Duffin said in his decision.


Summarising his ruling, Mr Duffin added that he had "significant doubts" about the reliability of the conviction because it was based on a confession characterised by "repeated leading and suggestive questioning", where investigators "exploited" the then 16-year-old Mr Dassey without an... Viewers debated whether the men, who were both convicted, were railroaded.

Meanwhile, Kachinsky, who was removed from Dassey's case and later de-certified from the public defender's office, reported receiving hate mail from Dassey's supporters.

Dassey confessed to helping Avery carry out the rape and killing of Halbach, but his attorneys argued that his constitutional rights were violated throughout the investigation. And unless the state initiates a retrial, he could walk free in 90 days time.


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