Judges rule that 'Making a Murderer' confession was coerced

Kristopher Drake
June 27, 2017

The murder confession of a man featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer was coerced and he should be released from prison, an appeal court has ruled. The judge had found that Dassey was coerced into a confession in which he admitted that he assisted his uncle, Steven Avery, in sexually assaulting and killing the photographer, Teresa Halbach.

Her charred remains were found in an incineration barrel and a burn pit on property belonging to his uncle, Steven Avery, in Wisconsin. Avery is now serving a life sentence (without the possibility of parole) for Halbach's murder and illegally possessing a firearm.

The 27-year-old may have a chance of facing a re-trial after a panel of three judges yesterday, ruled against the USA prosecutors' appeal.

The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, agreeing with a judge's decision in August, said that "no reasonable court" could find his confession was voluntary. However, Wisconsin filed an appeal on the ruling and Dassey was kept under lock and key while the appeals court heard the case.

Avery, Dassey and Making A Murderer documentary makers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, claim the pair were framed for Halbach's murder by officials from the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department.

"The battle to secure Brendan's freedom is not yet over, but today's decision represents a giant leap forward for Brendan and for justice for Brendan and his family", Drizin said in a video statement Thursday night. Avery spent 18 years in prison in that case before DNA tests showed that he didn't commit the crime.

"The focus of the judge's decision was on the interrogation when Dassey confessed".

After Duffin's ruling in 2016, he outlined restrictions for Dassey if he were to be released.


"[We] hope that today's erroneous decision will be reversed", a spokesman for the state's department of justice told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Zellner also commented on why it has taken a decade for Dassey to receive relief.

The case against Dassey was constructed largely on that confession, in which he stated that he helped to rape and kill a woman named Teresa Halbach, as The Two-Way has reported.

Attorneys for "Making A Murderer" subject Brendan Dassey have filed a motion asking for their client's immediate release from prison.

April 20, 2007: Prosecutors play Dassey's videotaped confession for the jury. If they don't do either of those things in the next 90 days, then Dassey could be released from prison.

Authorities who worked on the cases insisted that the documentary was biased.

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