As first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, a federal magistrate judge today overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, who was found guilty of being an accomplice to Steven Avery in Teresa Halbach's 2005 murder and served as one of the main subjects in the hit Netflix docu-series "Making a Murderer."
The state now has 90 days to decide whether to refile and appeal today's decision or allow Dassey to go free. If the case is appealed, it goes to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
According to the Journal Sentinel's John Diedrich, Judge William Duffin's decision was based in part on the claim that Dassey's original confession – as shown and argued in the Netflix series – was involuntary. Dassey had also argued that he was the victim of ineffective counsel.
Judge: Repeated false promises ... Dassey's age, intellectual deficits ..absence ofsupportive adult, rendered confession involuntary — John Diedrich (@john_diedrich) August 12, 2016
Fed judge calls conduct by #Dassey attorney's, Kachinsky, "indefensible" #MakingAMurderer — John Diedrich (@john_diedrich) August 12, 2016
While there was still some debate on Steven Avery's guilt by the end of "Making a Murderer," seemingly all viewers agreed than Dassey's treatment, as detailed in the docu-series, was likely unjust and led to a coerced and confused damning confession.
OnMilwaukee's Jessica McBride agreed back in January 2016 stating "I also think that Dassey, in the interest of justice, should probably get a new trial for a variety of reasons." You can read the rest of our previous "Making a Murderer" coverage here.
After the news broke, fans of the show and followers of the case took to Twitter to celebrate Dassey's overturned conviction (and jokingly lament real-life spoilers).
WRESTLEMANIA 33 IS WAITING FOR YOU BRENDAN DASSEY — jen yamato (@jenyamato) August 12, 2016
.@WWE send Brendan Dassey front row tickets to Wrestlemania — Kick (@MatthewKick) August 12, 2016
MAKING A MURDERER Season 2 spoilers https://t.co/tmMs2DVWEF — Matt Singer (@mattsinger) August 12, 2016
The spotlight now turns toward Avery's case – which recently made the news as Avery blamed his past defense lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, for inadequate representation – and, eventually, toward the upcoming second season of "Making a Murderer" to see how these cases are all coming together behind the scenes.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.