Netflix’s Making A Murderer was such a huge hit that it changed the lives of everyone involved with the docu-series. And now, Brendan Dassey’s life is about to change once again.
Prosecutors are appealing to keep Brendan Dassey in prison even after a judge found he was coerced during his interrogation.
Dassey was one of the two men convicted of Teresa Halbach’s murder, as portrayed on the hit Netflix docuseries. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for his alleged involvement in the rape and murder of the 25-year-old photographer.
The show also showed Dassey’s uncle Steven Avery, who was also found guilty of Halbach’s murder. It’s important to note that the latest ruling on Dassey doesn’t affect Avery.
In August, Judge William E. Duffin felt that the 26-year-old Wisconsin native’s confession was coerced by police. His conviction was overturned last month.
The judge felt that Dassey, who has an I.Q of about 70, had been manipulated during his interrogation. Duffin reportedly said the court had 90 days to figure out a new trial for Dassey or set him free.
But Attorney General Brad Schimel is putting a stop to it.
According to Deadline, the Wisconsin Department of Justice announced on September 9th that the attorney general appealed the decision. It looks like Dassey might not be walking free after all.
Schimel released a statement on Friday, according to The New York Times.
“We believe the magistrate judge’s decision that Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced by investigators, and that no reasonable court could have concluded otherwise, is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law,” Schimel said.
He added, “Two state courts carefully examined the evidence and properly concluded that Brendan Dassey’s confession to sexually assaulting and murdering Teresa Halbach with his uncle, Steven Avery, was voluntary, and the investigators did not use constitutionally impermissible tactics.”