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A federal judge today overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey. (PHOTO: Netflix/Making a Murderer)

Brendan Dassey's conviction overturned in Halbach murder

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.

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).

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.


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