Making a Murderer: Judge Overturns Dassey Conviction in Halbach Murder

I’m guessing this is good news to anybody who has seen Netflix’s Making a Murderer. My first reaction after watching the documentary was that Avery’s case certainly had a lot of reasonable doubt but Dassey’s conviction was just a travesty of justice. He was convicted based purely on his confession and after watching the police hammer on him during his interrogation, it was quite clear he had no idea at that point what he was confessing to.

Brendan Dassey, who was convicted along with his uncle, Steven Avery, in the murder of Teresa Halbach, had that conviction overturned Friday by a federal magistrate judge in Milwaukee.

The shocking ruling, in a case made famous in the Netflix series “Making A Murderer,” could result in Dassey getting a new trial or being freed from prison. It gives prosecutors 90 days to decide whether to retry Dassey, although an appeal could extend the proceedings.

In his 91-page decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin was highly critical of investigators, Dassey’s pretrial attorney and the state courts on how they handled the case, concluding that Dassey’s constitutional rights were violated. He found that the prosecutor’s investigators made false promises to Dassey during multiple interrogations.