Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Zellner: Avery 'extremely optimistic' his conviction will be overturned

Zellner: Avery 'extremely optimistic' his conviction will be overturned

Ken Kratz, the district attorney in neighboring Calumet County, who was brought in as a special prosecutor, wrote in his book "Avery" that Dassey was "a shuffling, mumbling young man with bad skin and broken-bowl haircut" who could have saved Halbach's life.

Making a Murderer was one of the most popular Netflix original documentaries when it premiered on the streaming service.

It appears to be a classic case of a false confession, and with questionable evidence and many odd coincidences leading to his uncle's conviction in the murder, there's plenty of people who are convinced that neither Dassey nor Avery were actually at fault. The case has gained global attention due to the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer".

They were on trial separately but were convicted of life for the crime. Avery previously served 18 years in prison for the wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, before being fully exonerated in 2003 through DNA evidence.

In August, a federal magistrate ruled that investigators in the case had coerced Dassey, who suffered from cognitive problems, into giving his confession.

The case drew national attention after the premiere of Netflix's docuseries, which cast a critical light on the investigation and the convictions of both Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery in Halbach's murder. Wisconsin can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, ask for a review by the full 7th Circuit or retry Dassey within 90 days.

The state appealed that ruling.

Throughout the interrogation, investigators told Dassey, then a high school sophomore whose IQ had been measured between 74 and 81, that "honesty" is what they wanted to hear and that it's "the only thing that will set you free". She said they did the math and determined that he had been in prison for 4,132 days as of Thursday. As Making the Murderer argued, Duffin's ruling was based on how Dassey seemed to give his confession to the 2005 murder of Halbach involuntarily.

Nirider and Drizin request that Dassey be released on bond.

"Dassey's family is concentrated in northeastern Wisconsin". Moreover, Dassey has a strong interest not to flee ... Zellner spoke with her client about the decision in Dassey's case.

The judge also ordered that Dassey would have to disclose where he would be living, but that information would be kept from the public for his own safety.

For now, Dassey remains in prison.

They've been Brendan's counsel since 2007, and filed two prior unsuccessful motions for a new trial.

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