Judge Orders Release of ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject Brendan Dassey from Prison

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It’s about time. A federal judge ordered on Friday the prison release of Brendan Dassey, who was convicted in 2007 for helping his uncle, Steven Avery, murder Teresa Halbach. The whole ordeal was chronicled on the hit Netflix documentary Making a Murderer.

According to TMZ, the judge ruled that Dassey’s basic constitutional rights were violated when authorities interrogated the then 16-year-old without an adult present and coerced a confession from the teen.

The judge added, “Dassey’s borderline to below average intellectual ability likely made him more susceptible to coercive pressures than a peer of higher intellect.”

According to court documents, obtained by E! News, a judge ordered that Brendan should be “released from custody unless, within 90 days of the date of this decision, the State initiates proceedings to retry him.” The judge further ordered that “in the event the respondent appeals this judgment, this judgment will be stayed pending resolution of that appeal.”

Dassey, who entered prison just shy of his 18th birthday, is currently incarcerated at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin.