Brendan Dassey’s Conviction Has Been Overturned

Brendan Dassey’s Conviction Has Been Overturned


Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery’s nephew, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 41 years after he was convicted in 2007 of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse in the killing of Halbach in Manitowoc County.

Read the court ruling

The federal ruling says the state has 90 days to appeal the federal order or Dassey must be released from prison. He is being held at Columbia Correctional Institution.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin said “misconduct” by Dassey’s lawyer, Len Kachinsky, in defending Dassey was “indefensible.”

The court ruled Dassey’s confession was “involuntary” and was based on “false promises” by interrogators, “Dassey’s age and intellectual deficits.”

Avery remains convicted of murder, but continues to appeal that conviction.

WISN 12 News contacted the state Attorney General’s Office for reaction and received this comment, “As we are currently reviewing Magistrate Judge Duffin’s order, we have no comment to offer at this time.”

The case was recently brought into the spotlight in the documentary, “Making a Murderer.”

  • Skimommy

    My take away from this? I told my kids in no uncertain terms that they are NEVER to speak to a Police officer whether they did something or not, whether they were accused of anything or not. They should simply request an attorney and their parents, repeatedly until they see my face and still they should not speak until their attorney is present and tells them which questions to answer. They should endure beatings if they have to in order to remain silent. I also explained that the police will lie to get you to talk and that they will certainly be in less trouble if they wait until an attorney is present. Of course my kids have above average intelligence but one can never know how a child will react in such a situation. At least they’ve been told what to do and what happened to Brendan Dassey!

  • Noble King ?

    I just watched the series on netflix.

    There is no shame shown from the prosecution. This was horrible that an INNOCENT child was convicted of this crime, that may or may not even have happened in the fashion those crooked detectives pressed a child into saying.

    Why wasn’t the key covered in her DNA? It was wiped clean. How wasnt the cloth contaminated with her DNA? Where the hell did this key even come from?

    Why didn’t they play the last hour and a half of the “confession” video, you know the part where he told his mom they got “in his head” ?

    If Brendan would have said I talked to my mom at the police station, the defense could have asked for that footage to be viewed. Then begs the question, what ‘tactics’ did the detectives use to blatantly coerce a confession out of a minor without the presence of his parent/guardian/lawyer?