Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey will not be freed after all
Brendan Dassey’s immediate removal from prison has been blocked by an appeal filed by Wisconsin’s attorney general Brad Schimel.
The 27-year-old nephew of Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix documentary Making A Murderer, was set to be released in the next few days after Wisconsin judge William Duffin ordered his release from prison with supervision. The decision was made after the same judge successfully overturned Dassey’s conviction in August, after ruling the then-teenager’s taped confession to the rape, murder and multilation of photographer Teresa Halbach was coerced.
However, this decision has now been blocked in order for an appeal to take place, meaning it is looking unlikely that Dassey will be home with his family for Thanksgiving, as lawyer Steve Drizin had hoped.
Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were originally convicted of murdering Halbach in 2005, however the case received global attention with the release of original Netflix documentary Making A Murderer last December. The documentary makes the case that Avery and Dassey were wrongly convicted of Halbach’s murder.
It was recently revealed that Steven Avery’s legal team were hoping new DNA evidence could overturn his conviction once and for all.
Speaking on Australian television, Avery’s former lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting explained how new technology might be able to shed more light on how long the blood found at the scene of Teresa’s murder had been there.
Strang: “If it turns out that the blood in the Toyota is older than the car itself — is 10 years older than the time at which it’s found… then that’s good at getting us to the truth…
“And it also will mean not only a new trial I think for Steven Avery, but the likelihood that he walks free…”
Making A Murderer season two, which will follow recent developments in the Avery case, is currently in production.