Now that a federal judge has overturned the 2006 conviction of Making a Murderersubject Brendan Dassey, who was sent to prison for allegedly helping his uncle, Stephen Avery, rape and murder Teresa Halbach, the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office has 80 days to appeal the decision.
According to People, Attorney General Brad Schmiel said at a Monday press conference he will make a decision soon on whether to appeal, retry or release 26-year-old Dassey and will be consulting Halbach’s family.
“There are a number of directions this case can go and before we make a determination as to which option we’ll pursue, we are going to want to give Teresa Halbach’s family an opportunity to have some input,” Schmiel told reporters. “We’ve been in communication with them. We’ll continue to outline all the different options, what the likelihood of best success are for each one.
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 — and most who watched the riveting Netflix docu-series would agree.
The decision, which the judge handed down August 12, read, “The investigators repeatedly claimed to already know what happened on Oct. 31 and assured Dassey that he had nothing to worry about. These 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 Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.”
Season 2 of Making a Murderer has begun filming in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. No word on when it will air on Netflix.