“Making a Murderer”‘s Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction


Brendan Dassey
Brendan Dassey appears in court Monday, April 16, 2007, at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc, Wis. Dassey, 17, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and first-degree sexual assault in the death of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach on Oct. 31, 2005. His uncle, Steven Avery, 44, was found guilty of her murder last month. (AP Photo/Dan Powers, Pool)

“Making a Murderer”‘s Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction overturned, deemed unconstitutional

Brendan Dassey — one of the subjects of Netflix’s true-crime documentary series, “Making a Murderer” — had his conviction overturned on Friday, according to reports.

Dassey is serving a 41-year prison sentence for first-degree murder, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse for his involvement in the 2005 death of Teresa Halbach.

Dassey’s uncle, Steven Avery — the focus of the Netflix series — is currently serving a life sentence without parole for Halbach’s torture and murder.

According to TMZ, a federal judge ruled, “Dassey’s borderline to below average intellectual ability likely made him more susceptible to coercive pressures than a peer of higher intellect.”

Wisconsin prosecutors have 90 days to appeal. If the State decides not to refile within that timeframe, Dassey will be released as a free man.

 

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