Monday 20 November 2017

'Making A Murderer's' Brendan Dassey to be released while waiting appeal

Brendan Dassey. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
Brendan Dassey. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Dean Anderson

A US judge has ordered the release of 'Making A Murderer's' Brendan Dassey, whose homicide conviction was overturned in a case profiled in the Netflix series, while prosecutors appeal.

US magistrate judge William Duffin ordered Dassey's release from prison contingent upon him meeting multiple conditions.

The judge ruled in August investigators tricked Dassey into confessing he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape, kill and mutilate photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. The state has appealed that ruling.

Dassey's lawyer, Steve Drizin, said he hoped to have Dassey out of prison in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family.

"That's what I'm focused on right now, getting him home, getting him with his family and then helping him to re-integrate back into society while his appeal plays out," Mr Drizin said.

Wisconsin attorney general Brad Schimel issued a statement saying he would file an emergency motion in the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals to put the release order on hold.

Dassey was 16 when Ms Halbach died. He is now 27.

The Netflix series spawned widespread conjecture about the pair's innocence. Authorities who worked on the cases said the series was biased.

Irish Independent

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