Zellner: Avery 'extremely optimistic' his conviction will be overturned

A three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Dassey should be released, according to NPR, unless the state of Wisconsin retries him within 90 days or appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brendan Dassey, whose case formed the heart of Making a Murderer, could be re-tried or released after judges backed a ruling he was coerced into confession, meaning lawyers will fight for his freedom.

Investigators subjected Dassey to "death by a thousand cuts" by using coercive techniques including fact-feeding, false promises, manipulation and leading him through the interview, the judges claimed. "As of today's date, Brendan Dassey has lost 4,132 days of his life to prison".

"By doing this - by linking promises to the words that the investigators wanted to hear, or allowing Dassey to avoid confrontation by telling the investigators what they wanted to hear - the confession became a story crafted by the investigators instead of by Dassey", the ruling states.

December 2015: Netflix releases the series Making a Murderer, in which the filmmakers cast doubt on the legal process used to convict Dassey and Avery. "This round goes to Brendan Dassey 2-1". Avery also is appealing his conviction.

On Thursday, the panel upheld Duffin's ruling to overturn Dassey's conviction.

Johnny Koremenos, a spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, said the office expects to seek review by the full 7th Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court, and hopes "that today's erroneous decision will be reversed".

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"The supporters of Steven Avery want to lump them together and say 'ah ha! see!"

Zellner said Avery is "extremely optimistic" his own conviction will be overturned. Avery's trial attorneys argued their client was framed for Halbach's murder as revenge for a $36 million settlement granted to Avery for wrongful conviction in a rape case.

In "Making A Murderer", Avery was found guilty of raping and murdering Halbach, who was a 25-year-old photographer then, and Dassey was found to be an accessory to the crime. The documentary series calls into question the investigation and trial that put Avery and Dassey behind bars and alleges the investigators and police in the case planted evidence and otherwise manipulated the outcome of the trial.

January 30, 2007: A judge says defence attorneys can tell jurors that Avery was wrongfully convicted of rape and may use as evidence a vial of his blood found unsecured in the Manitowoc County courthouse.

November 14, 2016: A judge rules that Dassey should be released while prosecutors appeal the decision that overturned Dassey's conviction.

Lawyers for Brendan Dassey filed papers Friday saying Thursday's decision by a three-judge appeals panel leaves no reason for further delays.

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