Attorney: Avery cheered by ruling for nephew

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a court ordering the release of Brendan Dassey (all times local):

4 p.m.

An attorney for Steven Avery says Avery is thrilled that a judge has overturned his nephew’s conviction in the case that was profiled in the popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer.”

Kathleen Zellner says she was visiting Avery on Friday and he was “so happy” for Brendan Dassey. Both Avery and Dassey were convicted in the 2005 rape and murder of Teresa Halbach.

A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled Friday that investigators obtained a confession from Dassey by making false promises that the then-16-year-old Dassey “had nothing to worry about.” Dassey’s attorneys had argued that the confession was coerced.
Avery is pursuing his own appeal. Zellner said in a statement that she’s confident that Avery’s conviction will eventually be overturned “when an unbiased court” reviews new evidence.


3:45 p.m.

A court that overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of helping his uncle kill Teresa Halbach in a case profiled in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” says investigators made false promises to the nephew.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin in Wisconsin said in Friday’s ruling that investigators made false promises to Brendan Dassey by assuring him “he had nothing to worry about.”

Dassey confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery carry out the rape and murder of Halbach, but attorneys argued that the confession was coerced. Dassey was 16 when Halbach was killed in 2005.

Duffin says the “repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey’s age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey’s confession involuntary” under the U.S. Constitution.


3:30 p.m.

A federal court in Wisconsin has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of helping his uncle kill Teresa Halbach in a case profiled in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on Friday overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction and ordered him freed within 90 days unless the case is appealed.
Dassey confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery carry out the rape and murder of Halbach, but attorneys argued that the confession was coerced.
Dassey was 16 when Halbach was killed in 2005 after she went to the Avery family auto salvage yard to photograph some vehicles. Avery was tried and convicted separately in the homicide.

Dassey’s case burst into the public’s consciousness with the popularity of the “Making a Murderer” documentary.

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