Brenden Dassey, the young man whose case was thrust into the spotlight by the docuseries “Making a Murderer,” has been granted a supervised release by a federal judge, although Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel plans to file a motion to put a hold on the release.
Dassey was convicted for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, along with his uncle, Steven Avery, who is also accused of raping Halbach and photographing her body. But in August, a judge ruled in favor of Dassey, acknowledging that he was tricked into confessing to the crime.
“Today, the District Court granted Brendan Dassey’s motion for release on bond,” Dassey’s attorney, Laura Nirider, said in a statement Monday. “We are in the process of making arrangements for his release and hope that Brendan will be reunited with his family by Thanksgiving, if not sooner.”
After the docuseries aired, there was an outpouring of support for Avery, who was previously convicted and served 18 years for another, unrelated murder before being exonerated on new DNA evidence. A petition was even started – and gained over 200,000 signatures – for a presidential pardon, although it failed.
However, former Wisconsin state prosecutor Ken Kratz reprimanded the series, which appeared to point to Avery’s innocence. Kratz said the series failed to look at key pieces of evidence that were reviewed in the case.
“You don’t want to muddy up a perfectly good conspiracy movie with what actually happened and certainly not provide the audience with the evidence the jury considered to reject that claim,” Kratz told People magazine earlier this year.
Avery, however, still maintains his innocence in Halbach’s murder.
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