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"Making a Murderer" Netflix pair apparently to be released

Brendan Dassey's confession held to be involuntary by appeals court.

 

August 17, 2016

In 2007, Sheriffs escort Brendan Dassey into a court room before his August 4, 2007 conviction.

Uncle and Nephew pair Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey were the subject of a Netflix special called making a murderer. An appeals court has thrown out their convictions, as based on Brandon's 2005 confession. It is unclear at this time whether this will require a retrial .

The Netflix special focused on glaring police incompetence. Nevertheless the pair were convicted in 2007.

The Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” tells the story of a Wisconsin man wrongly convicted of sexual assault only to be accused, along with his nephew, of killing a photographer two years after being released. Steven Avery and his then 17-year-old nephew Dassey were accused of killing Teresa Halbach, a photographer who visited the Avery family salvage yard to take photos of a minivan on Halloween and was never seen alive again.

Brendan Ray Dassey, 27, from Manitowoc County, Wisc. was 17 years and 6 months old when convicted of intentional homicide. His videotaped interrogation and confession, which was subsequently recanted, played a pivotal role in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. The series examined the 2007 trials of Dassey and Steven Avery, his uncle, who were both convicted of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach on October 31, 2005.

His conviction was overturned by a federal judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 12, 2016.

Photographer Teresa Halbach, born March 22, 1980, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin,[11] was reported missing by her parents on November 3, 2005.

Halbach, who had not been seen since October 31, resided next door to her parents in Calumet County.[13] Halbach visited the Avery Salvage Yard in Manitowoc County on October 31, 2005. On November 10, 2005, Calumet County Sheriff Jerry Pagel announced that the charred remains of Halbach were discovered on the Avery property, as was her Toyota RAV4 vehicle, cell phone, car key, and license plates. On November 15, Avery was charged with the murder of Halbach, mutilation of a corpse, and illegal possession of a firearm after Avery's blood was found in her vehicle.

Avery's defense team argued that the evidence was planted and that Avery was framed by the Manitowoc County Sheriffs Department in retaliation for a $36 million lawsuit that Avery initiated as the result of an earlier wrongful conviction. Depositions in the lawsuit had taken place at the end of September 2005.[14] After a series of interrogations, Dassey, who was also Avery's alibi, confessed to being a co-conspirator in the rape and murder of Halbach and was arrested and charged on March 3, 2006, with being party to a first-degree homicide, sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse. Dassey later recanted his confession in a letter to the trial judge.

 
 

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GrammarQueen writes:

... thrown out their conviction... Not 'there conviction'

 
 
 

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