Making A Murderer‘s Brendan Dassey Will Be Released From Prison While Prosecutors Appeal His Overturned Conviction

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Good news for Brendan Dassey during this legal roller coaster.

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the Making A Murderer subject will be released from prison while prosecutors appeal his overturned conviction.

For those of you who may not know, in 2007, the Wisconsin resident was found guilty of sexually assaulting and murdering Teresa Halbach.

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A key part of the now-27-year-old’s conviction was his confession, in which he detailed how he and his uncle, Steven Avery, allegedly assaulted and murdered the photographer.

However, the Netflix docuseries seemed to show Brendan was coerced into providing that confession, after his mental ability was called into question and his court-appointed lawyer didn’t hesitate to take a deal.

So, in August, Judge William E. Duffin overturned the young man’s murder conviction. But, in September, the state of Wisconsin announced it would be appealing the overturned verdict.

However, Judge Duffin has now ruled that Brendan won’t be locked up during the appeal.

When he first overturned the conviction, William ruled Mr. Dassey would be released from prison in November, and he isn’t going back on that decision, despite the current legal fight.

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In his new ruling, the magistrate explained Steven’s nephew is neither dangerous nor a flight risk, saying his “prison disciplinary record is exceedingly benign.”

Not to mention, he felt the authorities did not provide enough evidence to warrant Brendan’s continued stay behind bars, explaining they “failed to demonstrate that Dassey represents a present danger to the community.”

We aren’t sure when exactly he will be released, but the docuseries subject must stay in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and provide his intended address by Tuesday.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens in this appeal.

[Image via Netflix.]

Nov 14, 2016 7:01pm PDT

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