Last year's Making A Murderer documentary series caused quite a cultural stir for its stark depiction of what appeared to be police corruption in America's heartland. Now, a key player in that story has some big news. Brendan Dassey, the nephew of Steven Avery, is being released from jail.
Dassey and Avery were accused of the rape and murder of Theresa Halbach. Making A Murderer showed the ways that Brendan was coerced into a confession that didn't seem all right. While mounting evidence after the release of the documentary showed the situation was more complicated than the Netflix series presented, many saw Brendan as a victim of police misconduct and intimidation. Either way, he's been in jail since 2007 — and now he's being released.
In August, a judge ruled that the intellectually disabled Dassey was in fact manipulated into a confession, saying that the confession was "so clearly involuntary in a constitutional sense that the court of appeals' decision to the contrary was an unreasonable application of clearly established federal law."
Now, Dassey will let go under a set of probationary conditions. He hopes to be home for Thanksgiving, but the Wisconsin Attorney General said he would file an emergency motion to block Dassey's release.
Dassey was supposed to be serving a life sentence. He was put in jail at the age of 16; he is now 27 years old.