A judge has ruled that Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Making A Murderer, should be released from prison.
Dassey, now 26, was convicted of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005 along with his uncle Steven Avery. In 2007, he was sentenced to life in prison with no parole. The trial became the focus of the popular Netflix documentary series which premiered in December 2015.
According to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, US Magistrate Judge William Duffin imposed several conditions when ordering Dassey’s release from prison today (November 14).
He will not be allowed to possess a gun or any controlled substances, and will not be permitted to travel beyond the boundaries of Wisconsin’s Eastern District. He will also be prohibited from making any kind of contact with Avery or Halbach’s family.
However, the newspaper also reported today (November 14) that the state’s Attorney General, Brad Schimel, has filed an emergency motion to block his release. Dassey’s lawyer, Steve Drizin, has said he is working to have him out of prison in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family on November 24, The Independent reports.
In September, it was reported that Making A Murderer creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi are planning to recreate the moment Dassey’s conviction was overturned. Neither the directors, Netflix nor his family were given advance notice of the decision to overturn the conviction.