Dassey was convicted along with his uncle Steven Avery in the 2005 death of Teresa Halbach
UPDATE: The directors and executive producers behind Netflix’s popular true crime series Making a Murderer have responded to a judge’s ruling overturning the conviction of Brendan Dassey. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos issued the following statement: “Today there was a major development for the subjects in our story, and this recent news shows the criminal justice system at work. As we have done for the past 10 years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead.”
EARLIER: The nephew of Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery may be leaving prison.
Brendan Dassey, who was convicted with Avery in the murder of Teresa Halbach, triumphed in court Friday after his attorneys argued his constitutional rights were violated during the investigation, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Federal Magistrate William Duffin in Milwaukee agreed, so prosecutors have 90 days to decide whether to retry Dassey or set him free.
He was 16 at the time of the 2005 murder and falsely promised by investigators that he had “nothing to worry about,” the judge said Friday. He confessed to helping Avery rape and murder Halbach. Both were sentenced to life in prison.
“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 Friday in his ruling.
Making a Murderer on Netflix captured the public’s attention so much that Netflix’s programming chief announced in July that producers are working on new episodes. “The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold,” executive producers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said in a statement.
Avery is currently behind bars but has found new lawyers to help overturn his case.