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Making a Murderer's Dassey Gets Governor's Pardon Answer

That would be a no from Wisconsin's Tony Evers

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Friday he won't consider a pardon request from a man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the Netflix series Making a Murderer. The request from Brendan Dassey doesn't meet the criteria for a pardon... More »

Making of a Murderer Convict Gives First Interview

It's part of Brendan Dassey's clemency strategy

(Newser) - Brendan Dassey is turning to Wisconsin's governor for help. The 29-year-old, who's serving a life sentence in a photographer's killing, is asking Gov. Tony Evers to commute his sentence—something no Wisconsin governor has done in a very long time, the AP reports. But Dassey's lawyers... More »

Alleged Confession Emerges in Making a Murderer Case

Director of new docu-series says a 'convicted murderer' offered up a confession

(Newser) - Steven Avery's own lawyer says it's worthless—for now. She's referring to a potential bombshell: an alleged confession by a Wisconsin inmate who has reportedly claimed to be Teresa Halbach's true killer. Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey are serving life for the crime, which was the... More »

News From Steven Avery's Lawyer: 'We Won!'

Kathleen Zellner says subject of Netflix's 'Making a Murderer' has won his motion to appeal

(Newser) - With one tweet, a big victory for one of the subjects of Netflix's Making a Murderer has been revealed. "We Won!!!!!! Back to the circuit court," Steven Avery's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, posted Monday afternoon, announcing the news that her most high-profile client had won his motion... More »

Making a Murderer Returns to Steven Avery's Case

New installments drop Oct. 19

(Newser) - The Supreme Court may have declined to hear Brendan Dassey's appeal this summer, but come October, the people will hear more of his side of the story. Netflix will drop part 2 of its Making a Murderer docuseries on Oct. 19, reports People , returning to Dassey and uncle Steven... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Making a Murderer Case

Justices decide not to hear appeal by Brendan Dassey, convicted of murder with his uncle

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is steering clear of a high-profile murder: The justices said Monday they would not hear an appeal of one of two men convicted in a case featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer , reports ABC7 Chicago . Attorneys for Wisconsin's Brendan Dassey, who was 16 when... More »

After Series of Legal Wins, Brendan Dassey Dealt Blow

A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly overturned a ruling that could have freed him

(Newser) - A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly overturned a ruling Friday that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Making a Murderer series from prison, though one dissenting judge called the case "a profound miscarriage of justice." A federal magistrate judge overturned Brendan Dassey's conviction... More »

Lawyer: Evidence Points to New Steven Avery Relative

There may be a new suspect in the 'Making a Murderer' case

(Newser) - It's being called a "bombshell" in the Making a Murderer case. Rolling Stone reports Steven Avery's defense lawyer claims to have evidence that a different member of Avery's extended family is implicated in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Kathleen Zellner filed a motion for an... More »

Making a Murderer Inmate Scores a Legal Victory

Appeals court hands win to Brendan Dassey

(Newser) - A big win for Brendan Dassey: A federal appeals court panel has ordered Wisconsin to retry the inmate within 90 days or set him free, Courthouse News reports. The Chicago-based 7th Circuit panel upheld a ruling that overturned his conviction last year in the case made famous by Netflix's... More »

Making a Murderer Lawyer Makes Stunning Accusation

She says ex-boyfriend was the real killer

(Newser) - A lawyer for Steven Avery requested a new trial Wednesday and made a stunning accusation in the case made famous by Making a Murderer: Kathleen Zellner's 1,272-page filing claims Ryan Hillegas, ex-boyfriend of murder victim Teresa Halbach, is the real killer. Hillegas led the volunteer search for Halbach... More »

Making a Murderer Inmate Must Stay Locked Up

Brendan Dassey was supposed to be freed by Friday night

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has ruled that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned, the AP reports. Brendan Dassey was convicted in 2007 of raping and killing Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison.... More »

Nephew in Making a Murderer Is Freed

Brandon Dassey will go free almost a decade after his conviction as appeals play out

(Newser) - A man whose homicide conviction was overturned in a case profiled in the Netflix series Making a Murderer was ordered released Monday from federal prison while prosecutors appeal. US Magistrate Judge William Duffin ordered Brendan Dassey's release contingent upon him meeting multiple conditions, reports the AP . The judge ruled... More »

Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey Ordered Freed

Judge finds his conviction was unconstitutional

(Newser) - A federal court in Wisconsin on Friday overturned the conviction of a Brendan Dassey, who was found guilty of helping his uncle Steven Avery kill Teresa Halbach in a case profiled in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. The court overturned Dassey's conviction and ordered him freed within 90... More »

Netflix Grants 2nd Season to Making a Murderer

The documentary series will continue to focus on Steven Avery's legal battle

(Newser) - Netflix is bringing its documentary series Making a Murderer back for another season of making viewers go "hmm" about the American justice system, Variety reports. The new season, which has yet to get a premier date, will continue following Steven Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey as they fight their... More »

More Than 150K Sign Making a Murderer Petition

They want Obama to free convicted killer Steven Avery

(Newser) - If Netflix was a court, Wisconsin inmate Steven Avery would probably already be free. Avery, who is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, is the focus of true-crime series Making a Murderer, and more than 150,000 people have been convinced that he is... More »

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