Written by Zoë Holloway, August 15, 2016

On Friday, Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey had both his murder and sexual assault convictions overturned.

Brendan, 26, was convicted in 2007 of participating in the murder and sexual assault of Teresa Halbach, and sentenced to life in prison.


Only 16 at the time of his sentencing, Brendan’s story caught the eye of Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who released the series to suggest that Brendan – who has an IQ in the borderline deficiency range – was questioned unfairly and that his admission to the crimes was inadmissible.

The wildly popular Netflix series brought a new interest to the case, and now Brendan – who confessed to the crime while being questioned without a lawyer – will walk free within 90 days.


Representatives for Brendan’s family say they are ‘grateful, in shock, trying to process this’, while Making a Murderer’s creators reveal, ‘Today there was a major development for the subjects in our story and this recent news shows the criminal justice system at work. As we have done for the past 10 years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead.’

Making a Murder was recently renewed for a second series.

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