'Making a Murderer': Brendan Dassey's conviction overturned

August 12, 2016

(CNN)The conviction of Brendan Dassey, a Wisconsin man who appeared in the documentary "Making a Murderer," has been overturned by a federal judge in Milwaukee, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

Dassey was convicted in 2005 in the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
Prosecutors have 90 days to bring Dassey, now 26, to trial again or he will be released.


His uncle, Steven Avery, the subject of "Making a Murderer," is in a Wisconsin prison also serving time for Halbach's murder.
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The 10-part Netflix series renewed interest in Avery's ongoing legal troubles, leading to calls for his release and a petition seeking a presidential pardon.
Many of the elements of the case bothered observers.
For example, Dassey, who has a low IQ, was questioned without his mother present and appeared to be eager to tell sheriff's officers what they wanted to hear.
And some viewers said that after watching the documentary they believed that the sheriff's office planted evidence to frame Avery for the crime.
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