Court upholds overturned conviction for Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey

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On Thursday, June 22nd, a federal appeals court chose to uphold a Wisconsin judge's decision to overturn Brendan Dassey's murder conviction.

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey's conviction in August, ruling that investigators coerced a then-16-year-old Dassey, who suffers from intellectual challenges, into confessing.

In its first season, Netflix Original #documentary series Making A Murderer explored the alleged wrongful conviction of Steven Avery, and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, (who was 16 at the time) for the 2005 rape, murder, and mutilation of photographer Teressa Halbach. Her charred remains were found on Avery family property in Manitowoc County.

Avery is now serving a life sentence (without the possibility of parole) for Halbach's murder and illegally possessing a firearm. "A Wisconsin Department of Justice spokesman said to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "[The state is] evaluating the 2-1 decision from the court. He plans to ask the full Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision.

The 7th Circuit upheld the magistrate's ruling.

In 2016, a federal court in Wisconsin found that Dassey, over multiple interviews, had been coerced into confessing by police - and even by an unsympathetic private investigator working for his defence attorney. If you have not seen the doc series, we recommend watching it before Making a Murderer season 2 is released, especially if you are a fan of the true crime documentary genre.

A GoFundMe campaign launched by Dassey's mother has raised almost more than $16,000 to help him readjust to life outside of prison.

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Dassey's attorneys said the ruling took their client one step closer to freedom.

"Brendan Dassey, subject of the hit Netflix documentary series "#Making a Murderer", has had his conviction overturned, 10 years after his sentencing. It also has 90 days to re-try Dassey.

What lies ahead for Dassey is dependent on how the state of Wisconsin chooses to proceed.

Dassey's legal team called the ruling "a victory for Brendan".

Meanwhile a lawyer acting on behalf of Avery has called for a new trial, alleging Halbach may have been killed by her ex-boyfriend and not the man jailed for her death.

January 30, 2007: A judge says defence attorneys can tell jurors that Avery was wrongfully convicted of rape and may use as evidence a vial of his blood found unsecured in the Manitowoc County courthouse.

The post-conviction lawyer who also represents Ryan Ferguson claims the state withheld evidence that pointed to a more viable suspect, Teresa Halbach's on-again-off-again boyfriend Ryan Hillegas. Dassey has been in prison for more than a decade.

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