We have some *very* exciting news about MaM's Brendan, who was convicted 10 years ago. But how have people close to him reacted to the news...?
Fans of Making A Murderer were given some AMAZING news over the weekend, as reports broke that Brendan Dassey has had his conviction overturned by a judge.
He was 16-years-old when he was charged and found guilty in the case of Teresa Halbach.
The crime documentary series followed the trial of Brendan and his uncle Steven Avery, which included footage from Brendan’s original police interviews, leading many to come to the conclusion that he’d been taken advantage of and coerced into a false confession.
Now, over 10 years later, a judge has ruled that the investigators in the 2007 trial made false promises to Dassey by assuring him ‘he had nothing to worry about’.
Judge William Duffin said, ‘These repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey’s age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey’s confession involuntary under the Fifth and 14th Amendments.’
Brendan is now 26-years-old and he will be released within 90 days, unless the state decides to retry him or request an appeal.
Naturally, the internet exploded with applause at the news, with his name soon trending across social media.
But how do those closest to him feel about it?
Brendan’s lawyer Laura Nirider told ABC News, ‘This is right, this is justice.
‘We are over the moon. We were notified by email and I read this decision on my phone … 91 pages, unbelievable.’
She also added that his family are ‘grateful, in shock, trying to process this.’
The Making a Murderer filmmakers, Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, issued the following statement:
‘Today there was a major development for the subjects in our story and this recent news shows the criminal justice system at work.
‘As we have done for the past 10 years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead.’
Oh, and remember Steven Avery’s lawyers, Jerry Buting and Dean Strang? Well, they told Bustle: ‘Dean and I are very gratified that a federal judge has found Brendan Dassey’s statements to law enforcement were coerced and involuntary.
‘The court found “the investigators” actions amounted to deceptive interrogation tactics.’
Now, all eyes have turned to Steven Avery’s case once again, as he continues to serve his life sentence without parol.
Following the news, his lawyer Kathleen Zellner tweeted:
We’ll be watching this space.