‘Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey Ordered Released, Pending Retrial
Whether or not you subscribe to Netflix’s Making a Murderer championing Steven Avery’s innocence, few would argue the cruelty of Avery’s cousin Brendan Dassey being railroaded as an accomplice. There may yet be good news on that front, as Dassey’s overturned conviction and release have been made official, even as the state intends to re-try him.
Per NBC affiliate TMJ4 (via TVLine), a judge ordered Monday that Dassey’s release will be upheld, pending the state’s appeal. As a condition of said release, however, Dassey is ordered not to have any contact with Avery or the family of Teresa Halbach, alleged victim of Avery and Dassey.
For those unfamiliar with the documentary, Making a Murderer follows the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man convicted of a brutal assault and sent to prison for 18 years, only to be exonerated by DNA evidence. Soon enough into a public civil case for justice reform however, Steven found himself accused of the murder of young photographer Teresa Halbach, and subsequently railroaded through a lengthy trial under especially dubious circumstances, and apparent corruption at every turn.
Dassey’s conviction had been overturned on the grounds of improperly-obtained confession (putting it gently), before the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office filed an appeal to fight the decision. All of this will likely end up chronicled in Making a Murderer Season 2, though it remains wildly unclear when filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi would define and complete the next chapter.
In the meantime, stay tuned for further word on Dassey’s, and Avery’s possible release.