'Making a Murderer' nephew Brendan Dassey must be released by Friday, judge orders

Motion to halt release denied
Posted at 10:29 AM, Nov 16, 2016

A judge has denied a motion filed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Tuesday to block Brendan Dassey's release.

The state filed that motion one day after the same judge ruled that Dassey should be released while he awaits the outcome of a potential retrial.

In his order, the judge says Dassey must be released no later than 8 p.m. this Friday.

Dassey has been ordered not to have any contact with Steven Avery, or with the family of Teresa Halbach. Avery was the subject of the documentary series "Making a Murderer," which appeared on Netflix. Dassey was also a subject of the show.

Earlier this year, a judge ruled that Dassey's conviction should be thrown out. Dassey was convicted of several crimes in 2007 in connection with Halbach's death, including being party to first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse, as well as second-degree sexual assault. His attorneys have argued their client's confession was unconstitutionally coerced.