Making a Murderer Brendan Dassey

Making a Murderer Update: Judge Orders Brendan Dassey to Be Released

One of the subjects of Making a Murderer is about to walk free.

Brendan Dassey will be released from prison following a judge’s order on Monday, according to NBC affiliate TMJ4. Dassey’s murder conviction was overturned in August; prosecutors plan to retry him, but Monday’s ruling means Dassey can go free pending the state’s appeal.

Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were convicted in connection with the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, a case chronicled in the Netflix true-crime documentary series Making a Murderer. The documentary exposed the questionable methods used by police to get a confession out of Dassey, and the Murderer footage was instrumental in overturning Dassey’s conviction.

As a condition of his release, Dassey is not allowed to have any contact with Avery or the Halbach family. Avery remains in prison after being given a life sentence for Halbach’s murder, but he told Dr. Phil last month that he expects to be released soon as well: “I don’t think that’ll be too long. Right around the corner.”

Making a Murderer will return for a second season on Netflix, and will address these new developments in the Steven Avery case.

Does Brendan Dassey deserve to go free? Hit the comments and give us your legal expertise.

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  1. Luke says:

    I still don’t know how season two can recapture the magic of season one if every single development is already going to be told to us on the news. Season one was so great because I knew nothing at all about that case, but now when I watched Dassey get released I’ll be like “Oh yeah, I read about that on TVLine…”

  2. Gene Heino says:

    It will be interesting to see if the State of Wisconsin does decide to re-try him. I think he’s probably guilty, but I agree that he was very aggressively questioned as a young man with a low IQ.

    • Mark says:

      Even if you buy that Avery, on the cusp of winning a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the County for wrongful conviction, decidedly to randomly rape and murder a woman that had been sent to his home by her company (the most foolish timing in the history of crime?), why on Earth would he involve his mentally incompetent nephew? Just another layer of stupidity?

      Not only that, but if you actually read through the four of the five Dassey “confessions” that were recorded (very little of them was shown in the documentary) in the order in which they were made (of course, the second one, which took place in a sequestered hotel room without any recording device, will forever remain secret), you have a consistently changing story from Dassey which is constantly being “herded” to the final, desired place by the detectives. When the detectives first convince Dassey that they already know his uncle did it and they’re pressuring him to confirm that his uncle told him so, he comes up with a story of being seated in Halbach’s car while Avery described stabbing her in the car. Of course, none of this was supported by the evidence, so they keep hammering away at the kid over the next 3 days until they get the story they want. Every single detail in the final confession is first mentioned or proposed by one of the detectives during the previous three confessions – there isn’t a single thing in the entire confession supported by any evidence that was first mentioned by Brendan.

      This is why the DA filed a motion before Dassey’s trial (successfully, of course, in the kangaroo courts of Wisconsin) to suppress the earlier “confessions” so that the defense couldn’t mention them, and the jury couldn’t hear them.

  3. Craig says:

    Hi, everyone. I’m not very familiar with Kickstarter/fundraising sites but does anyone know how to get a site set up so Brendan Dassey and his family can go to WWE’s Royal Rumble at the end of January?

    He’s been through so much and I think it would be a nice thing for him considering his statements from the show.

    • Mary says:

      Nice idea but unless it takes place in his back garden, he won’t be able to go to it.

      Being on parole will mean not being able to leave the state and probably having a curfew, he may even have to wear an ankle monitor or be on house arrest.

    • Cody Drennen says:

      He wont be able to go. Royal Rumble is in Texas, he can’t leave his state so unless WWE comes to Wisconsin which they will in the future, he can go then but not to Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania.

  4. herman1959 says:

    It’s about time.