Brendan Dassey, one of two people documented in 2015’s Netflix hit Making A Murderer has had his conviction overturned.
Aged just 17 when he was arrested in 2005 he was convicted for playing apart in the murder of Theresa Haibach.
— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) August 12, 2016
He was sentenced in 2007 to life imprisonment. The main subject profiled in Making A Murderer.
Stephen Avery, was found guilty of first-degree murder and also sentenced to life imprisonment.
Today a federal court ruled that Brendan Dassey’s confession were he admitted helping his uncle Steven Avery allegedly rape and murder photographer Teresa Haibach was a violation of his fifth amendment rights.
This amendment makes it illegal for the law enforcement to compel any suspect to become a witness against themselves in a criminal proceeding.
The judge ordered Dassey to be released from custody within 90 days unless the state initiates proceedings to retry him.
The judge found that officers overstepped their authority by interrogating Dassey without an adult being there.