Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey is a free man: Is Steven Avery next?

Aug 12, 2016 at 6:53 p.m. ET
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Justice has been served. Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery’s nephew, will be released from prison in the next few months. Dassey’s conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach was overturned by a judge today.

According to People, Judge William Duffin made the decision due, in part, to the “misconduct” of Dassey’s first attorney, Len Kachinsky, which he described as “indefensible.”

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The court documents that explain the decision said, "The investigators repeatedly claimed to already know what happened on Oct. 31 and assured Dassey that he had nothing to worry about. 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."

Of course, now that Dassey’s ruling has been overturned — thanks in large part to the Netflix documentary series — the next question is whether or not Avery’s conviction will be overturned.

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Avery’s new attorney, Kathleen Zellner, told People, "We are thrilled for Brendan Dassey that his conviction has been overturned. We fully expected this outcome from an unbiased court that carefully examined his confession."

The decision gave new hope to Zellner and Avery. She said, “We know when an unbiased court reviews all of the new evidence we have, Steven will have his conviction overturned as well."

Of course, some people aren’t totally convinced that Avery will get the same judgment. There’s no doubt that he was treated unfairly and there is definitely reasonable doubt in the way his case was handled, but since the documentary has been released, other evidence has surfaced that’s made it harder to think Avery is totally innocent.

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Whether or not he gets the same decision, though, Avery deserves a fair trial, and Zellner is undoubtedly the best at what she does.

We’re just glad to see Dassey get some justice, and we hope that he can quickly transition back into his regular life.

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