Brendan Dassey conviction overturned in ‘Making a Murderer’ case

Brendan Dassey Dept of Corrections photo

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) – A federal judge in Milwaukee has overturned Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction.

The judge ordered Dassey be released from custody unless the state retries him within 90 days of Friday’s ruling. Sources tell Action 2 News Dassey will not be released until the appeals process is finished. Dassey has been serving his sentence at a prison in Portage County.

Dassey was previously sentenced for the 2005 murder of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County. His uncle Steven Avery was also convicted in the murder. Avery is currently appealing. The case garnered national attention following the release of the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

The judge ruled Friday that Dassey’s confession to the murder was involuntary considering his age, intellectual deficits and the absence of a supportive adult. Dassey was 16 when Halbach was killed.

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