NewsMaking a Murderer's Brendan Dassey's Conviction Has Been Overturned
He could be released in 90 days.
Brendan Dassey, a subject of Making a Murder, has had his conviction overturned by a federal judge. Dassey was sentenced to 41 years in prison on first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse in the case of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
Dassey's case was one of two covered in the ten-part Netflix series, the other being Dassey's uncle Steven Avery. The show followed Avery, who served 18 years in prison on a wrongful conviction and was arrested for Halbach's death shortly after his exoneration.
Dassey's attorneys maintain that Dassey's confession was coerced by investigators who fed him facts. He was 16 at the time, was interrogated without an adult present, and had significant learning disabilities.
If the state chooses not to refile, Dassey can be released in 90 days.