Judge Orders Release of ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject Brendan Dassey
Dassey, who was convicted of being party to the first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault of photographer Teresa Halbach on Halloween of 2005, was originally sentenced to life in prison with a parole date set for November 2048. However, his conviction was overturned on Aug. 12, 2016, when it was determined that his recorded confession was involuntary. Thereafter, he was ordered to be released within 90 days unless the state demanded an immediate retrial.
The judge’s Nov. 14 ruling of Dassey’s release requires that he obeys the law, appears in court, abstains from using a gun or a weapon, and avoids possessing controlled substances. He is also banned from contacting his uncle Steven Avery or the Halbach family and will be watched by a United States Probation Office monitor to make sure that he is in compliance with these conditions. His travel is restricted to the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
And his attorney, Steven Drizin, confirmed the judge’s order on Twitter.
Dassey’s brother Brad also celebrated in a post on Facebook.
According to NBC News, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel issued a statement saying he would file an emergency motion in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put the release order on hold.
Dassey has until noon on Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2016) to provide the address of his residence to the U.S. Probation Office, which will be inspected to ensure that it is suitable for him. A social worker and probation officers will help him transition to life after prison after being incarcerated for nearly a decade.