A U.S. appeals court have upheld the decision to overturn Brendan Dassey’s case meaning he could be released in the very near future.
Dassey, whose story was one of the focal points of the hit Netflix documentary, Making A Murderer, was convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach back in 2005, reports the BBC.
Dassey was just 16 at the time of his conviction confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape, kill, and mutilate Halbach.
However as the documentary shows, many lawyers believe Dassey was given ‘repeated false promises’ from officials who told him he ‘had nothing to worry about’.
They also believe that Dassey’s ‘age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult’ played a huge role in his confession to the crime which many believe he didn’t commit.
Now lawyers have made huge progress with the chance of Dassey being retrialed higher than ever.
Speaking to UNILAD, one of the major campaigners for Brendan’s release, Shaun Attwood, said:
While this is brilliant news for Brendan, his family and supporters, the state of Wisconsin is now locked in a fight to prevent mega millions from being paid out in compensation.
It’s sad that the state continues to cling to incarcerating this innocent young man by employing legal trickery when there is zero evidence that he has committed crime.
The State of Wisconsin has no reasonable answer as to why no blood was found at the crime scene. Hopefully the absence of evidence will prevail over the vast resources of the state.
In a joint statement released by lawyers, they said:
We look forward to working to secure his release from prison as soon as possible. As of today’s date, Brendan Dassey has lost 4,132 days of his life to prison.
Hopefully in the near future the truth will finally come to light.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.