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'Making A Murderer': Brendan Dassey's Conviction Overturned

The judge ruled Dassey's confession was unlawfully coerced.
Posted at 6:42 PM, Aug 12, 2016

Brendan Dassey, the Wisconsin teen whose trial played a key role in the Netflix docuseries "Making A Murderer," had his murder conviction thrown out by a federal judge.

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Under police interrogation, Dassey implicated himself and his uncle Steven Avery in the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach; he later recanted that confession. He's currently serving a life sentence with parole eligibility in 2048.

But Friday a federal judge ruled investigators made false promises and took advantage of Dassey's age and intellectual deficiencies to unfairly coerce a confession. Dassey was ordered to be released from prison within 90 days, unless the state files to retry him.

Dassey's current appeal was filed before "Making A Murderer" first aired, but the series has led to increased public scrutiny of the case as well as a swell of public support for Dassey and Avery.

The state hasn't indicated whether it will retry Dassey's case. Avery is currently appealing his conviction, too.