Making A Murderer‘s Brendan Dassey is still a long way from freedom despite the scrutiny surrounding his case.
In the murder investigation, which is detailed in the Netflix series, Dassey confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, who was convicted and sentenced to life behind bars for the rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
But in August, a federal judge overturned Dassey’s conviction, saying detectives on the case coerced Dassey into confessing to his involvement in the murder. That judge ordered that Dassey be freed from prison until his case can be reexamined by the courts. Now, Wisconsin’s attorney general is fighting to keep Dassey in prison.
Attorney General Brad Schimel appealed the judge’s ruling, saying that it “ignores both the facts and the law.” He is also bringing up a 2013 Court of Appeals ruling that said Dassey’s confession was voluntary and legitimate.
In the tapes of Dassey’s police interview, shown on Making A Murderer, police try to reassure Dassey that if he confesses to the crime, no harm will come to him. “You don’t have to worry about things,” they tell him, along with reassurances that “It’s OK” and they already know what happened on the day of the murder. According to the federal judge, those words constitute “specific promises of leniency” toward Dassey, and make his confession inadmissible.
Meanwhile, since Making A Murderer debuted on Netflix, those involved in the case have faced mounting public pressure to reexamine the evidence and interviews and to free both Dassey and Avery. Wisconsin authorities say the series was biased, and so far, both men remain behind bars.