Behold, “Making a Murderer” fanatics, for our prayers have been answered. On Monday, November 14, a Wisconsin federal judge ordered that Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects followed in the Netflix original documentary series, be released from prison.
Dassey, now 27, will be freed under the supervision of the US Probation Office. After the ruling was made, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said that he intends to file “an emergency motion” seeking a stay of Dassey’s release.
The Netflix original docu-series was released to the streaming service in December 2015 and followed Steven Avery, a Wisconsin native, as he was falsely charged with rape, found innocent and released, but is now incarcerated for raping and killing photographer Teresa Halbach.
In 2005, Dassey, the then-16-year-old nephew of Avery, confessed to authorities that he assisted Avery in the raping and killing of Halbach. Halbach’s charred remains were found in November 2005 on the Avery family property.
But the docu-series show that there’s more to the case than what meets the eye. The 10-part series suggests that the investigators took advantage of Dassey’s young age and limited intellect to coax a confession. It was noted in the series that Dassey’s IQ was “assessed as being in the low average to borderline range.”
Back in August, U.S. District Judge William Duffin noted that Dassey’s confession was “so clearly involuntary in a constitutional sense that the court of appeals’ decision to the contrary was an unreasonable application of clearly established federal law.”
After realizing that his false confession wasn’t going to get him out of the horrid situation that he was in and his mother cleared up to him what he said, Dassey renounced his confession.
Though Dassey can be freed to the public as early as tomorrow, his uncle is still serving his life sentence. Eleven years later and Avery still maintains his innocence, claims he was framed and is seeking a new trial.