Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey Conviction Overturned

Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey Conviction Overturned

A federal court in Wisconsin has overturned the conviction of Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey.

The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee overturned Brendan Dassey's conviction meaning he will be freed within 90 days unless prosecutors retry him. 

Magistrate Judge William Duffin said in the ruling that investigators made false promises to Dassey by assuring him "he had nothing to worry about."

"These repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey's age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey's confession involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments," Duffin wrote. 

Dassey confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery carry out the rape and murder of Halbach, but attorneys argued that his constitutional rights were violated throughout the investigation.

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

Dassey's case gained notoriety after the popularity of the Making a Murderer documentary that debuted in December.

Making a Murderer prompted a wealth of national interest and conjecture around the case, with armchair investigators becoming ubiquitous online. 

 

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