Skip to main content

The nephew in 'Making a Murderer' just had his conviction tossed

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Brendan Dassey, 26, – the nephew in "Making a Murderer" – is a step closer to becoming a free man.

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

The case was thrown into the national spotlight late last year by the popular 10-part Netflix documentary series.

Dassey was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse, WISN reports.

Then Friday, a federal judge overturned the sentence.

Court documents say that years ago, during the interrogation process, agents made false promises during their investigation of the teenaged Dassey.

Dassey ultimately ended up confessing, but some argue the teen may have been manipulated by his defense team into doing so.

Considering the suspect's age,"intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult," the judge on Friday deemed Dassey's confession involuntary and unconstitutional.

The Huffington Post notes Dassey has an IQ between 69 and 73. Someone with a score under 70 is often considered to have an intellectual disability.

WISN says that according the the ruling, the state of Wisconsin has 90 days to appeal that order, otherwise Dassey goes free.

He's currently at Columbia Correctional Institution.

Avery's attorney, Kathleen Zellner, told the station that Avery is happy for his nephew.

"We know when an unbiased court reviews all of the new evidence we have, Steven will have his conviction overturned as well," Zellner said.

The “Making a Murderer” series raised questions about the Wisconsin men’s guilt in Halbach’s death, and about how law enforcement officials handled the investigation. (For more background on the case, click here.)

Now we're just waiting for Netflix to release more episodes of "Making a Murderer" so we can binge watch more on this ruling.

The new episodes will “provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process” and the “emotional toll” the process takes on those involved, Netflix says. The series will offer “exclusive access” to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner, as well as Dassey’s attorneys, including Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin.

Next Up

26136405486_58b42ceec7_k

Runways shut down at MSP Airport due to heavy snow

Some spots in the Twin Cities could see up to 8 inches of snow on Tuesday.

Sourced_Q4_229260_A (1)

2PinkSquirrels - making memories with milkshakes

First Time Guests Get BOGO milkshakes starting December 1st and running through December 15th

SamBrinton

Government official accused of stealing luggage at MSP Airport

Charges state Sam Brinton stole luggage with its contents valued at over $2,000.

Screen Shot 2022-11-29 at 12.09.28 PM

Developer plans 'modern European' condos for Minnetonka

City planners are set to review a concept plan Thursday.

snow

Expect up to 8 inches in Twin Cities; another snowstorm next week?

The latest from Bring Me The News meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

northern-long-eared-bat

Northern long-eared bat moved from threatened to endangered list

Populations affected by white-nose syndrome have declined by 97% or more.

JeronimoYanezBCA

Court: Ex-cop who fatally shot Philando Castile had teaching license wrongfully denied

The Court of Appeals sent the application back for reconsideration by the board.

Screen Shot 2022-11-29 at 7.26.15 AM

Multiple crashes, spinouts in Twin Cities as snow falls Tuesday morning

The metro could get up to six inches of snow throughout the day.

Related

Son charged for the alleged murders of mother, nephew

Twenty-two-year-old Ishmael Wilson Roberts was charged Wednesday afternoon for fatally stabbing his mother, 57-year-old Beatrice Wilson, and 14-year-old nephew in north Minneapolis. The estranged son was charged with two counts of intentional second-degree murder. According to the complaint, Roberts has not been to the home in Minneapolis for about two years.