Making A Murderer subject is freed from prison
Making A Murderer subject Brendan Dassey will be freed from prison, after a US judge ordered his immediate release yesterday.
The case of Dassey was covered in the viral Netflix documentary Making A Murderer, which was first released last December. In the documentary, which centred on the allegedly unlawful imprisonment of Steven Avery for murders he did not commit, viewers met his then-teenage nephew Dassey, who was caught in the crossfire. Dassey was convicted in 2005 as an accessory to the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, while Avery was convicted of her murder.
The documentary made the case that Dassey had learning difficulties and made his confession of the rape, murder and mutilation of Ms Halbach under unfair and inhumane conditions.
Yesterday, a US Judge ordered Dassey’s immediate release from prison. He will reportedly remain under supervision until the next steps in his court case become clear, but he must submit to the probation and parole office by Tuesday (November 15) the address at which he intends to live. Dassey will not be allowed to contact the family of Teresa Halbach, nor his uncle and co-defendant Avery.
Dassey’s lawyer, Steve Drizin, said he hoped Dassey would be free in time for Thanksgiving, which falls on November 24 in the US.
Drizin told the Associated Press: “That’s what I’m focused on right now, getting him home, getting him with his family and then helping him to re-integrate back into society while his appeal plays out.”
It was recently revealed that Steven Avery’s legal team were hoping new DNA evidence could overturn his conviction once and for all.
Speaking on Australian television, Avery’s former lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting explained how new technology might be able to shed more light on the blood found at the scene of Teresa’s murder.
Buting said: “Probably over 100 scientists all over the world between the two of us contacted us [after the documentary] and said ‘Hey, you know there’s new tests you can do…
“Some of it was just, oh our ability to detect (chemical preservative) EDTA, chemical tests have been refined…
“But some of the more interesting ones were these scientists with things like radiocarbon dating and DNA ageing… Where you can actually look at somebody’s sample of blood maybe a month or a year ago and distinguish it from their blood right now.”
Strang added: “If it turns out that the blood in the Toyota is older than the car itself — is 10 years older than the time at which it’s found… then that’s also good at getting us to the truth…
“And it also will mean not only a new trial I think for Steven Avery, but the likelihood that he walks free…”
Making A Murderer season two, which will follow recent developments in the Avery case, is currently in production.