Steven Avery Nephew Brandon Dassey May Not be Released from Prison

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On the heels of Monday’s announcement via CNN that Brandon Dassey (who was featured in “Making a Murderer” series on Netflix) would be released from prison, today a reversal announcement has been made according to TMZ. [1, 2]
Now 27 years old Dassey was convicted for confessing to the crime of murdering Teresa Halbach when he was 16. “In 2005, Dassey, then 16, confessed to authorities that he assisted his uncle, Steven Avery, in raping and killing photographer Teresa Halbach, whose charred remains were found in November 2005 on Avery family property in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.” [1]
Watch Darren Kavinoky discuss the Steven Avery case on “Did He Do It” here on Investigation Discovery.
The Steven Avery case has given rise to strong opinions–either arguing for or against his and his nephew’s innocence in the murder trial of Teresa Halbach. The theories stem from the September 11, 2003, exoneration with DNA proof that Avery was wrongfully convicted of rape. Avery served nearly twenty years for a crime he didn’t commit. Now Steven Avery faces life in prison for the conviction of the October 31, 2005, murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach for which conspiracy theorists believe he was framed. This week, “the judge ruled investigators tricked Dassey, who was 16 at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing.” [3]
In the “Did He Do It” episode, Darren Kavinoky, founding attorney of 1.800.NoCuffs, says, “I’ve been in this business a long time. And there’s one thing that should happen but rarely does. The government figuring out it might have convicted the wrong guy and then doing something to fix their mistake.”
1. Azadeh Ansari. November 15, 2016. CNN. “‘Making a Murderer’s’ Brendan Dassey ordered released from prison.” Retrieved via
2. TMZ Staff. November 17, 2016. TMZ. “‘Making a Murderer’ Brendan Dassey will not be released…for now.” Retrieved via
3. Tribune news services. November 16, 2016. Chicago Tribune. “Judge orders ‘Making a Murderer’ inmate Brendan Dassey released by Friday; state appeals.”

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