Sunday 20 October 2019

'Making a Murderer' inmate asks for pardon


Dassey was convicted in 2006. Photo: AP
Dassey was convicted in 2006. Photo: AP

Scott Bauer

A man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series 'Making a Murderer' asked Wisconsin's governor for a pardon or commutation of his life prison sentence yesterday.

The request from Brendan Dassey came as his advocates launched yet another attempt to free him, this time outside the court system. His latest appeal was not considered by the US Supreme Court.

Dassey's chances of getting a pardon from Governor Tony Evers appear remote. Mr Evers's rules for a pardon forbid anyone still serving their prison sentence from being considered and he's also not issuing any commutations.

Dassey (29) was 16 years old when he confessed to Wisconsin authorities that he had joined his uncle, Steve Avery, in the 2005 rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, before burning her body in a bonfire.

"I am writing to ask for a pardon because I am innocent and want to go home," Dassey said in a handwritten note to Mr Evers.

Irish Independent

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