Making A Murderer’s Brendan Dassey Set to Be Released From Prison

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The Netflix “documentary”  Making a Murderer  set out to make it appear that Steven Avery was wrongfully convicted of a murder in a small town after previously being wrongfully convicted of rape. Most people feel that the evidence proved his guilt, but the show was able to give many others reasonable doubt.

The one thing that really bothered me from the little I saw of the show was a video of police interrogating Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery’s nephew about the murder.  On the night of the murder, Steven had invited Brendan to a bonfire and Brendan showing  up for that, got sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 41 years after he was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse.  I believe this is because Avery burned the body in the fire?  I’m not really sure as I did not keep up with this case.

Today, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction.  Dassey has a very low IQ and it is obvious from the video that the sixteen year old, who was interrogated with no parent or attorney present,  did not understand what was going on .

The ruling says that “misconduct” by Dassey’s lawyer, Len Kachinsky, in defending Dassey was “indefensible.”

The confession was  ruled to be involuntary and based on false promises by interrogators. Dassey’s age and intellectual deficits contributed to his false confession.


The state has ninety days to appeal the federal order or Dassey must be released from prison.  The state has yet to make a decision about filing an appeal.

The kid has been in prison for almost ten years.  I would find it appalling if the state appealed the decision.

On the other hand,  Stephen Avery continues to attempt an appeal of his case.  His attorney feels like this will help him to win his appeal as well.

Avery’s new attorney told WISN 12 News on Friday afternoon that she is thrilled Dassey’s conviction has been overturned.

“We fully expected this outcome from an unbiased court that carefully examined his confession. I was just visiting Steven Avery, and he is so happy for Brendan. We know when an unbiased court reviews all of the new evidence we have, Steven will have his conviction overturned as well,” Kathleen Zellner said.

I think Avery is guilty and should stay in prison. What do you think?

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32 responses to “Making A Murderer’s Brendan Dassey Set to Be Released From Prison

  1. Bridgett

    Brendan’s conviction was a complete miscarriage of justice. His uncle, while the case was shady, he most likely did it…however, I think the shadiness of the investigation should not have put him behind bars.

  2. Kasie

    Brenden was treated unfair but Steven is guilty.

  3. DJFL

    I believe that there was enough evidence to prove that Avery was guilty of murder and is right where he belongs.

  4. Karen

    Hopefully the confession was not the sole evidence against Avery. Surely there was enough circumstantial evidence to convict?

  5. Wow. I am glad to see Brendan get justice, at least until proven otherwise.

  6. JKR

    I felt that Avery was likely guilty, but that the case was biased. A retrial? Yes. Innocence, not necessarily.
    Brendan, however. I was appalled by his interrogation process; the obvious naivety of his mother/himself, the sabotage by his lawyer, and the contradicting stories.
    TT, get ready for a boatload of views and comments. People are obsessed with this case. Also, I just heard this week that the series has been renewed for new episodes…

    • BamaBelle

      The new season will cover Adnan Syed. Adnan was Featured in the podcast Serial.

      • Anonymous

        Season 2 will still be covering same story, it will not be about Adnan Syed

      • Auntie Velvet

        Bama, I think that might be misinformation. The showrunners are focusing on the Avery case. (Also, the latest articles on Season 2 have noted that Brendan’s acquittal will be featured.)

    • Charlie

      JKR- I agree 100%! Innocent? Maybe not. But a retrial? Absolutely!! That prosecutor was disgusting, the misconduct of the investigating officers was despicable, the judge was a moron. The whole thing stunk and it needs to be redone by a competent and unbiased court of law. Guilty or not, no one should go to prison based on the trial that was Steven Avery’s “day in court”.

  7. Frosty

    Initally I felt Avery was guilty but graduallyI changed my mind – the evidence didn’t fit the theory of the murder, imo. Their “reconstruction” of how the murder went down was shown during their interviews with Brendan, and that kid was railroaded.

  8. TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    I honestly don’t know what to think about Avery. After watching the series I was sure he was innocent. But then all the stuff that was kept out of the series came out and I question his innocence now. Some of it really wasn’t worth showing but some of it was legitimate criticism – for example the fact that the vial of Avery’s blood had a needle hole in the top was made a big deal of as if this was evidence of tampering. However I find out later that a needle is how the blood got IN the vial, so of course there would be a hole. I felt manipulated by the filmmakers. However that doesn’t mean Avery is guilty. I 100% believe the police planted evidence to make sure they got him. And I think they did that because they 100% believe he did it. But did he? I’m not sure. What about Theresa’s ex boyfriend erasing voicemails? That was really strange. That guy gave me a weird vibe. So often when women are missing/murdered it’s a boyfriend/husband/ex. Also Avery’s brother in law seemed an extremely shady character. So I guess you could say there’s still reasonable doubt in my mind.

  9. nanaintn

    I’ve never doubted that Avery is guilty but Brendan being caught up in this case was heartbreaking. Time will tell, but if Avery is acquitted, I believe we will hear about him again being involved in another rape, murder, etc.

  10. Christi

    I am not sure if Avery is guilty or not. I never could figure why he would store the car that way on his lot where it would surely be found. There were several things that made me question his guilt but Dassey was taken advantage of and I asked over and over how you can charge someone with sexual assault with no evidence whatsoever. His confession never matched the supposed crime scene. No blood, no semen.

  11. Happyfeet

    I really disliked how the police handled the case. there was a special on Reelz about it that showed the case from the investigators side and I found that to be more believable. It also pointed out several things facts that the documentary neglected to mention. That being said, The boy was severely mislead. There still needs to be consequences (he knew what happened was wrong), but I don’t think he was treated according to our justice system.

  12. Wampascat

    There was no justice to be had in Manitowac County. I believe they were both innocent and were railroaded by a corrupt system.

  13. BeetsWhy

    I watched the series and was going back and forth as to Averys guilt throughout. I ended up thinking Avery was definitely guilty, or at least complicit with one of his relatives.

    Brendan made me sad, he was clearly being manipulated and lead on by the police, he was clearly developmentally disabled (as most of the family seems to be), and I wanted to kill his “lawyer” for letting him speak to the police at all…Not just without him present, AT ALL. I’m glad he is getting out although he doesn’t have a very good shot at a happy and productive life after ten years in prison.

  14. Blondesense

    I think this is great news for Brendan – he was used and manipulated, and had a terrible attorney. It broke my heart when he said on the jail phone ‘you know I’m stupid Mom!’. In my opinion Steven Avery is guilty, but the prosecution and police department provided reasonable doubt as to his guilt by their conduct. Steven is however, where he belongs.

  15. Elizabeth

    Geez what a family!

  16. Alyssa

    Any quilters need to spend this weekend reading Reddit. If you still think he’s quilty then you are probably also voting for trump.

  17. Auntie Velvet

    I think Avery is innocent, but perhaps not as nice as the series wanted us to believe.

  18. JustJenn

    This is such great news! I’m not sure if Avery is guilty or not (my gut says no) because everything was so grossly mishandled. The abuse of power in Manitowoc County was so disturbing to me. Just like with the rape case, there wasn’t any ivestigations completed that didn’t surround Steven Avery. The cat story made the animal activist in me really want to come out of the series finding Steven without a doubt guilty, but I just couldn’t. He deserves a fair trial where there isn’t any witness or evidence tampering.

  19. Christina

    After watching the documentary and reading lots of threads on Reddit, there was definitely reasonable doubt that Avery committed the murder. I am thrilled with Brendan’s court victory and think Avery’s new lawyer will present enough new evidence to overturn his conviction as well.

  20. LINUSSPACEHEAD

    I think the state will appeal. It seems they almost always do.
    I didn’t watch it. I have heard the other guys new lawyer is considered to be one of the best defense attorneys in the country.

  21. Marta

    I think Avery looked very guilty. All the people on that show looked very simple minded. Maybe the accents? Maybe they are all very related? A broken system that is failing everyone?

  22. Steve

    Respectfully contributing an opinion: I read a lot of “avery is likely guilty” and I’m seeing it in the comments here. Key word being ‘likely’. Correct me if I’m wrong but, in these kinds of criminal proceedings, does it not require a “beyond a shadow of reasonable doubt” situation to put a guy away for life? I think there was enough doubt cast to release him. Ultimately though, if anyone’s taught me to not believe anything I see on TV, it’s TT lol.

  23. Shae

    I have mixed feelings about Avery’s guilt, I can’t come to a definite opinion. But as far as Brendan, he clearly was railroaded. For god’s sake, they told him if he “confessed” they’d let him go home so he could watch his wrestling show.

    He’s simple, he didn’t understand, he parroted back exactly what they suggested he say. His own attorney conspired against him, no parent present, it was a disaster. Disgusting this poor kid has lost a decade of his life to this nonsense.

  24. I have a much different perspective than most people because my best friend worked with Ken Kratz, the prosecutor for Steven Avery for years in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She knows how corrupt Kratz was, and confirmed he’s been sexually harassing women for the past 20 years. Avery’s case was mishandled from the very start, no other suspects were named or investigated, and the mere fact that Mantiwoc County police were at the residence should have raised reasonable doubt, seeing as they were involved in a civil lawsuit with the suspect. I hope the nephew is released and the entire case is retried.

  25. Guilty or not, both should either be released or retried based on the misconduct. Creepy family for sure. I think I stopped reading when I read that Avery’s ex wife – mother to the twins – was married to Brendan’s father. Wow – what a mess. I think they all lived on the same property.

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