Dassey's release ordered in 'Making A Murderer' case

The Milwaukee judge who overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey in the case made famous by "Making A Murderer" has ordered that Dassey be freed from prison, under supervision, pending further court developments.

The order was made Monday by U.S. District Judge William Duffin.

Dassey, 27, has been in prison since being sentenced in 2007 to life in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

Dassey's uncle, Steven Avery, also is serving a life sentence in the Manitowoc County murder.

It was not immediately clear whether Dassey would be released in short order, or whether a release could be delayed if the order is appealed by the State of Wisconsin. A spokesman for state Attorney General Brad Schimel could not be reached immediately for comment.

Under Duffin's order, Dassey would be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office.

Duffin reversed the conviction in August, ruling that Dasseys constitutional rights were violated based on the way Dassey, who was 16 at the time of the murder, was interrogated.

Dassey's conviction was based on a confession he gave to investigators working for the prosecution and to an investigator working for his first lawyer.


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