Making a Murderer star Steven Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, could soon be released from jail, RadarOnline.com has learned. In an explosive development, today a Wisconsin judge overturned his conviction!
Dassey has been behind bars since 2007, when he was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of the corpse of Teresa Haibach. Just 17 at the time, he was a sympathetic character in the Netflix series, with critics insisting he did not have the mental capacity to make a confession, and that his admission of guilt to the cops had been forced.
His first motion for a retrial was denied back in 2010, but following an outpouring of support on the heels of the TV show about the case, a judge overturned the conviction today.
According to Journal Sentinel reporter John Diedrich, the judge cited "Dassey's age, intellectual defenses, and absence of a supportive adult" as factors that "rendered his confession involuntary."
WISC TV reporter Jessica Arp posted a section of the decision here:
Dassey will be released from prison in 90 days if the state does not refile the case.
Meanwhile, defense attorney Kathleen Zellner continues to work on freeing Dassey's uncle, Avery, who was accused of being the mastermind of the crime.