Brendan Dassey, convicted of helping his uncle commit murder and profiled in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, has seen that conviction overturned by a federal court in Wisconsin.
The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee has ordered that Dassey be freed within 90 days unless prosecutors choose to retry his case. Dassey confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery rape and murder Teresa Halbach in 2005, when Dassey was 16.
The debut of Making a Murderer last December raised questions with regard to Dassey’s innocence; attorneys argued that the accomplice had his constitutional rights violated throughout the murder investigation. In Friday’s ruling, Judge William Duffin said that investigators made false promises to Dassey, telling him he “had nothing to worry about.”
Avery and Dassey were serving separate life sentences prior to Friday’s ruling. Authorities have claimed that the 10-hour Making a Murderer was biased in favor of the defendants.