Subject of Netflix documentary awaits outcome of state's appeal against overturned conviction
Brendan Dassey’s legal team have filed a motion for his release from prison after his murder conviction was overturned.
Dassey, now 26, was convicted of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005 along with his uncle Steven Avery. In 2007, Dassey was sentenced to life in prison with no parole. The trial became the focus of the Netflix documentary series, which premiered in December 2015.
In August, a judge ruled that Dassey’s supposed confession was obtained after he had been given “false promises” by investigators. The state has since filed an appeal.
While awaiting the outcome of the appeal, Dassey’s legal team argue that their client should be released from prison. “On September 14, 2016, we filed a motion asking the Court to release Brendan on bond during the State of Wisconsin’s appeal,” Dassey’s lawyers said in a statement to Buzzfeed.
“We will not be publicly commenting on this motion at this time. As in the past, we ask Brendan’s supporters to refrain from contacting the judge or prosecutors about this motion. As always, Brendan, his family, and his attorneys remain grateful for your support.”
Meanwhile, Making A Murderer creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi are reportedly looking to recreate the moment Dassey’s conviction was overturned. Neither the directors, Netflix nor Dassey’s family were given advance notice of the decision to overturn the conviction.