Wisconsin Appeals ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject’s Overturned Conviction
The narrative of Netflix’s Making a Murderer got a major shot in the arm when Steven Avery’s cousin and alleged accomplice Brendan Dassey had his conviction overturned, making it possible he’d walk free. Right on schedule, however, the state of Wisconsin has appealed the decision, potentially keeping Dassey behind bars longer.
Where previously Dassey’s conviction had been overturned on the grounds of improperly-obtained confession (putting it gently), the state had 30 days to file its appeal and fight the decision. Sadly, the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office has decided to do just that (via UPROXX):
Essentially, the appeal process could keep Dassey imprisoned far longer than the 90 days originally set out by the overturned conviction, and it’s possible a different judge could substantially disagree with the original decision. In the meantime, followers of the case are also awaiting news of Steven Avery’s own case, for which lawyer Kathleen Zellner has reportedly built an even stronger grounds for exoneration.
For those unfamiliar with the documentary, Making a Murderer follows the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man convicted of a brutal assault and sent to prison for 18 years, only to be exonerated by DNA evidence. Soon enough into a public civil case for justice reform however, Steven found himself accused of the murder of young photographer Teresa Halbach, and subsequently railroaded through a lengthy trial under especially dubious circumstances, and apparent corruption at every turn.
The twists and turns have not yet ceased, so what could Dassey or Avery’s futures hold in the next few months?