A federal court has overturned the conviction of a man whose story has been a part of the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer.”
“The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on Friday overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction and ordered him freed within 90 days unless the case is appealed,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Dassey confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, carry out the rape and murder of [Teresa] Halbach, but attorneys argued that the confession was coerced.”
The report adds: “Dassey was 16 when Halbach was killed in 2005 after she went to the Avery family auto salvage yard to photograph some vehicles. Avery was tried and convicted separately in the homicide.”
The 10-part documentary series has generated widespread interest in the Avery case since Netflix premiered it in December, with many viewers calling for a re-examination of Avery’s conviction.