A court ruling has affirmed that Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced by investigators and has been deemed involuntary. Dassey, whose case was placed under a microscope in the popular Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, confessed to the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005 and has been in prison ever since. He was 16-years-old when he confessed to helping his uncle assault and murder the photographer.
Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling to overturn Dassey’s charge of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. According to the ruling, the court doesn’t agree with interrogation methods used to get Dassey’s confession.
“In sum, the investigators promised Dassey freedom and alliance if he told the truth and all signs suggest that Dassey took that promise literally. The pattern of questions demonstrates that the message the investigators conveyed is that the ‘truth’ was what they wanted to hear,” reads the decision to overturn.
In June, one of Dassey’s attorneys, Kathleen Zellner, filed a request for a new trial. As of yesterday’s decision, attorneys Zellner and Steven Drizen will be working to secure Dassey’s release.
“My assumption is that they would have to release him, based on the judge’s order unless they get another stay from the Supreme Court,” attorney Bob Dvora told Action 2 News. Dvora is one of Dassey’s attorneys that has been working on the case since he was convicted.