Brendan Dassey’s conviction overturned in ‘Making a Murderer’ case

making murderer conviction overturned makingamurderer head
Steven Avery Netflix
The documentary Making a Murderer sparked widespread debates and protests when viewers binge-watched the series on Netflix. And it seems all of the attention the series has generated has helped to get at least one of the two convictions overturned. Brendan Dassey — who, along with his uncle Steven Avery, was charged for the murder of Teresa Halbach — may be getting out of prison, Variety reports.

Dassey was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse based largely on testimony he himself had given. However, many who saw the documentary felt it was clear that Dassey’s confessions were coerced. Dassey, who was known to have a below-average IQ, was seen on camera in interrogation rooms being pressed into saying certain things, or led in specific directions. Viewers got so angry after watching, in fact, that they even drafted a petition to try and get both Dassey and Avery released on a pardon.

Steven Drizin, Dassey’s lawyer, told Variety that the documentary “raised serious concerns about how police offers interrogate suspects, particularly youthful suspects.” Dassey was just 16 years old at the time of the murder in 2005, and 17 when he went to prison. He was to be there for life, without eligibility for parole until 2048.

Avery, meanwhile, remains in prison. After being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in the ’80s — a crime for which he spent 18 years in jail — he was released in 2003, only to find himself caught up with the law once again, and back behind bars, this time for murder. However, many believe there were unsavory things going on behind the scenes that may have wrongfully seen the blame pointed toward Avery.

He was in the midst of a civil suit against Matinowoc County, Wisconsin, for his wrongful conviction, through which he was seeking $36 million in damages. He eventually settled for $400,000 because he needed the funds to support his defense in the Halbach murder case — you can put two and two together to figure out where the controversy lies.

The documentary, which is admittedly one-sided, does present some pretty compelling evidence for the defense. Chicago lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who has overturned the wrongful convictions of 17 men to date, recently picked up Avery’s case, and is working on an appeal to get him released.

Netflix has already confirmed a second season for Making a Murderer, looking at the post-conviction process, and catching up with the defendants’ families. It looks like season 2 may also follow Dassey’s release, as well as the latest in efforts to have Avery released.

As it stands, assuming no disruptions, Dassey should be out before the end of this year. He will be 27.

Mobile

The iPhone XS Battery Case's battery has a smaller capacity than previous cases

Apple has been rumored to be working on a new iPhone battery case for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now, those new cases are finally here, offering seven hours of extra use for each iPhone and are available for $129.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘John Wick,’ Ghostbusters,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home and John Wick: Chapter 3.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (February 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in January and February, from new original series to classic films.
Movies & TV

New trailer for 'The Punisher' season 2 teases a bloody showdown

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Movies & TV

You can get a screaming deal on LG OLED TVs just in time for the Super Bowl

LG is offering steep discounts on its critically acclaimed OLED TV models just in time for the Super Bowl, letting discerning viewers watch their favorite athletes with higher picture quality than ever.
Movies & TV

Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel already has a creepy teaser trailer

Jason Reitman, son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, has secretly co-written a follow-up to the 1984 supernatural comedy. Filming begins this summer, but it's not clear if the original Ghostbusters will reprise their roles.
Movies & TV

Netflix recruits Steve Carell for the Trump-inspired comedy ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell, Netflix, and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels are teaming up for Space Force, a workplace comedy poking fun at the Trump White House's plans to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Movies & TV

The ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ trailer has finally arrived

Lionsgate has released the first, full-length trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the third installment of the action franchise that casts Keanu Reeves as the world's greatest assassin.
Movies & TV

Here's everything we know about 'John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum'

John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Gaming

For Netflix, ‘Fortnite’ on YouTube is a bigger threat than HBO

In a letter to shareholders, Netflix explained that it views the video game Fortnite as bigger competition than HBO, with YouTube videos of the game drawing viewers away from the streaming platform.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Podcasts

New Spider-Man, Old Ghostbusters, John Wick, and 'Glass'

This week on Between the Streams, we'll be talking about the Netflix price rise, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, a new (and possibly very old) Ghostbusters movie, the latest from Netflix and Steve Carell, Glass, and more.