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Brendan Dassey from Making a Murderer could be out of prison soon

Brendan Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery, were sentenced to life in prison in the killing of Teresa Halbach.
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Brendan Dassey, whose murder trial was followed in the Netflix series Making a Murderer, may soon be released from prison.

Dassey – along with his uncle, Steven Avery – had been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in the 2005 death of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Dassey confessed, and was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse. His attorney argued the confession was coerced – Dassey was only 16 at the time and has a low IQ.

Netflix's popular Making a Murderer documentary (here's the link) brought the case into the national spotlight late last year, and since then it's been revisited. A judge overturned Dassey's conviction earlier this year.

The newest development: On Monday, a federal judge ordered the now-27-year-old to be released from prison while the next steps in the court process get sorted out, NBC reported. He'd be on supervised release.

Dassey's attorneys released a statement saying they are "overwhelmed," CNN said.

The Wisconsin Attorney General responded by announcing he's filing an emergency motion to halt the release order.

What about Avery?

Avery meanwhile is still serving his life sentence.

Business Insider reported his attorney had previously requested some testing be done on certain pieces of evidence in the case, including car keys, underwear, and a hood latch.

And an agreement on what to test and how was apparently reached – here's his attorney on Twitter.

She did note Monday the testing order was slowed because of the Dassey news, but it's still coming.

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