Conviction Against “Making a Murderer” Subject Overturned

(Photo Credit: Eric Young/Herald Times Reporter, via Associated Press)
(Photo Credit: Eric Young/Herald Times Reporter, via Associated Press)

The New York Times reports that a federal judge today overturned the murder and sexual assault convictions of Brendan Dassey, a subject of the popular Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer.

Dassey was convicted in 2007 of participating in the fall 2005 murder and sexual assault of Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison.

In a court order, Judge William E. Duffin cited false promises made to Dassey by investigators during his March 2006 interrogation as a major factor in his decision.

Dassey must now be released from prison within 90 days unless authorities schedule a new trial.

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