There’s a chance Brendan Dassey could be released from prison. It was recently announced that a U.S. Magistrate judge overturned Dassey’s conviction in the death of Teresa Halbach, giving the state of Wisconsin 90 days to appeal or set him free. The news shocked just about everyone, including Dassey and his legal team.
In an interview with People magazine Tuesday, Dassey’s lawyer Laura Nirider dished on how Dassey — whose case was thrust into the spotlight on Netflix’s “Making A Murderer” — was coping with the ruling. According to Nirider, Dassey is “doing the best he can do” as he waits to see what happens. “It’s been one day at a time for the past 10 years and he’s been waiting for this moment so he’s just processing it and understanding what’s happening and taking it one day at a time,” she said.
Nirider also said that she and the rest of Dassey’s team is filled with “intense gratitude” that the now 26-year-old could finally have “justice.” She said: “At this point, we’re just waiting to hear what the state will do and then we will move from there.”
In 2007, Dassey was sentenced to life in prison after he confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery rape and murder Halbach. Dassey later recanted his confession, claiming that it had been coerced. In a statement on Friday, Judge William Duffin said that he believed Dassey’s confession was involuntary because investigators “repeated false promises” to him. “When considered in conjunction with all relevant factors of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey’s confession involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments,” the statement read.
Following news of Dassey’s overturned conviction, Avery’s ex-fiancée Jodi Stachowski spoke out telling TMZ that she was happy there’s a chance Dassey could be released because Wisconsin ruined his life. However, the outlet reported that Stachowski was terrified that the latest developments in Dassey’s case could mean Avery could also be freed. Stachowski believes Avery is guilty of murdering Halbach.