Steven Avery’s former fiancée Jodi Stachowski is terrified that he could be released from prison. Stachowski heard news that Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, could possibly be freed and is happy for the now 26-year-old, but is scared that it could also lead to Avery’s freedom.
Stachowski, who previously defended Avery in the Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer,” told TMZ Friday that she doesn’t want Avery to be released. She believes Avery is guilty of killing and raping photographer Teresa Halbach.
According to the outlet, she’s afraid that Dassey’s impending freedom may put pressure on the Wisconsin court to also take another look at Avery’s case. TMZ reported that Stachowski has sympathy for Dassey and thinks the State of Wisconsin messed up his life.
This isn’t the first time Avery’s ex has spoken out against him. In January, she told HLN’s Nancy Grace that she thought Avery was a “monster” and guilty of Halbach’s death. “He’s not innocent,” she said. “I ate two boxes of rat poison just so I could go to the hospital, and get away from him and ask them to get the police to help me.”
On Friday, news broke that Dassey’s conviction in the Halbach murder was overturned by a federal magistrate judge in Milwaukee. The ruling could result in Dassey either being released from prison or getting a new trial. According to the Journal Sentinel, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin stated that Dassey’s confession to killing Halbach was not voluntary because the prosecutors’ investigators made “false promises” to him and questioned him without a “supportive adult” present. Dassey was 16 at the time of the murder and sentenced to life with no parole for 41 years. Prosecutors have 90 days to decide if they want to retry Dassey.
“Making A Murder” was renewed for a second season and will show both Dassey and Avery’s legal teams challenging their convictions. The new season has not been given a premiere date on Netflix yet.