A jury ruled 4-3 that ‘Making a Murderer‘ star Brendan Dassey will serve life in prison. His confessions are enough for a life sentence for the murder and mutilation of Teresa Halbach.
The jury said his publicized confessions are enough basis to serve life in prison. Dassey is life for Teresa Halbach’s 2005 murder. She was a loved photographer.
What is ‘Making a Murderer’?
Making a Murderer is a true crime Netflix docuseries. It focuses on Dassey through interviews conducted before his trial. He spoke freely during filming about his crimes. This would later be used against him in court.
The jury ruled that Dassey chose to speak freely about his guilt. And, he admitted to gory details of the incident.
Police May Have Coerced Brendan Dassey into Confessions
Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were tried for murder over the death of Teresa Halbach. In 2007, both were convicted of:
- First-degree murder
- Second-degree sexual assault
- Mutilation of a corpse
But a Milwaukee federal judge overturned the convictions in August 2016. He remained in prison custody throughout 2017 as a result of appeal processes.
The now famous prisoner would have been released in June if other things had not come up.
Dassey was 16 when he was convicted of the murder. He is now 27. Several people say the Netflix true crime docuseries star was coerced by the police into admitting to the murder. They cited his young:
“…age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult.”
Many viewers of the popular true crime docuseries, Making a Murderer, state that Dassey’s intellectual deficits made him prey to police suggestions.
They insist the police subjected him to psychological coercion which led to confessions that formed the only basis for his convictions.
Brendan Dassey’s Attorneys Fighting for His Release… Someday
But the jury dissents with viewers’ position after the trial with Dassey himself. They said he chose to speak freely even when no false promises of leniency were made to him.
The majority ruling said:
“Dassey provided many of the most damning details himself in response to open‐ended questions. On a number of occasions he resisted the interrogators’ strong suggestions on particular details. Also, the investigators made no specific promises of leniency.”
Since the jury ruled that Dassey must serve out his life sentence, his attorneys have sworn to take his case to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, his uncle, Steven Avery, continues to fight his own legal battles hoping to overturn his life sentence as well.