Since Netflix aired the program Making A Murderer in December 2015 viewers have been outraged at the injustice and treatment of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.
Petitions were sent to the White House to try and have the convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey of sexual assault and first degree murder retried. Viewers were outraged at the tampered evidence, statements and coincidences that the series Making A Murderer brought attention to.
In 2007 Brendan Dassey was charged and convicted of first degree murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. He was sentenced to life in prison. However in the interview tapes where we see Brendan 'confess' to the horrific death and torture of Teresa Halbach - we also see Brendan being coerced into his statement of facts and events. He was lead to give certain details of the crime which police officers needed- such as gun shot wounds and placement which the public was not made aware of.
Brendan Dassey -who has an I.Q of 70- was assured by officers that he " had nothing to worry about" despite confessing to murder and sexual assault. As you can see from the screen shot above Brendan was interviewed alone without a lawyer or an appropriate adult.
His confession changed between whether he had done these horrific acts or whether he was innocent. Brendan was heard informing his mother that he had been told to admit to the murder despite being innocent.
All of the incidents raised in the series Making A Murderer lead to an outcry by the public and in August 2016 Brendan Dassey's conviction was overturned on the basis of coercion .
Brendan Dassey has been in prison for almost 10 years now and the public were overjoyed on Monday the 14th Of November when news broke that Brendan was to be released by 8pm on Friday the 18th Of November 2016.
This has been short lived, however, since it was announced this morning that Brendan Dassey's release had been blocked by the Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schmiel after he lodged an emergency appeal and a three-judge panel agreed to block the release pending the outcome of the state's appeal.
Brendan Dassey's attorneys posted a statement online expressing that they were " disappointed more than words can say" however they also stated that " the fight goes on".
Brendan's confession was also a key component of his his uncle Steven Avery's conviction and pending the outcome of Brendan's appeal, his uncle may have grounds for a new trial as well. Mr Avery has maintained his innocence throughout the trail and since his imprisonment.
No doubt this is not the last we have heard from this case and given that Making A Murderer has been renewed for a second season, we can expect more twists and turns related to theses murder convictions.
What do you think? If you have not watched the documentary of Making A Murderer then I would suggest that you do, that way you can see the evidence for yourself.
If you have watched the documentary of Making A Murderer then what are your thoughts? Was the confession coerced? Should Brendan and/or Steven Avery be released? Or are they guilty of these acts and deserve to be in prison? Let me know in the comments section below.
That is all for this time folks-Ciao!
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