Big news for those who followed the Netflix original series Making a Murderer: a federal court in Wisconsin overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction on Friday (August 12, 2016), and ordered Dassey to be released within 90 days pending any appeals.
Brendan Dassey, 26, has been in prison since 2005 when he was found guilty of helping his uncle, Steven Avery — the focus of Making a Murderer — to kill Teresa Halbach, a photographer who was last known to be near the Avery property, near which Dassey also lived with his mother, Barb Tadych.
Though Dassey had confessed to helping his uncle in the murder, attorneys made the argument that Dassey’s confession was coerced — something that concerned viewers alike as they watched it play out on the documentary series.
Steven Avery’s attorney, Jerome Buting, tweeted the news:
Brendan Dassey writ granted to reverse his conviction. Justice finally strikes!
— Jerome Buting (@JButing) August 12, 2016
Twitter’s initial reaction was generally positive, if not, at times, tongue-in-cheek, with numerous viewers commenting on Dassey’s comments in the show about wanting to go home to watch Wrestlemania.
Federal Court Orders Brendan Dassey’s Release. Twitter Reacts:
THANK GOD for Brendan Dassey – finally getting justice ❤️
— jodie the 1975 (@LeithJodie) August 12, 2016
— NIGGASONIC (@Harvey_z) August 12, 2016
— Mike Fink (@mfink103) August 12, 2016
Party like Brendan Dassey this weekend.
— Jeff Dauler (@JeffDauler) August 12, 2016
Buzzing for Brendan Dassey
— Tomas Bolland (@Bolland87) August 12, 2016
Brendan Dassey getting released. A cert for Celebrity Big Brother 2017
— David Friel (@davidfriel81) August 12, 2016
Brendan Dassey out of jail just in time for Summer Slam. Good for him
— Max (@MustacheMax) August 12, 2016
Now that Brendan Dassey's conviction has been overturned I'll give freely to any Kickstarter that will send him to Wrestlemania.
— Carlos Hatcher (@crlshtchr) August 12, 2016
— Mitchell Woltring (@DrWoltring) August 12, 2016
Brendan Dassey's conviction has been overturned & will be released, a judge determined that he was forced into confessing
— ❤Julia❤️ (@happily_his_mrs) August 12, 2016
Pretty sad to think about all the people out there like Brendan Dassey who weren't featured in a documentary
— J. Kyle Mann (@jkylemann) August 12, 2016
they overturned Brendan Dassey's conviction? Huge. This is Huge!
— Black and Beautiful (@TrishaMari34) August 12, 2016
— erin lardy (@elardy) August 12, 2016
Excellent news about Brendan Dassey's conviction overturned. The cops and prosecutors who sought to stitch him up should be ashamed.
— Tyrone Stone™ (@BritInTheMitt) August 12, 2016
Yo @VinceMcMahon, if you're not currently trying to write Brendan Dassey into a SummerSlam angle, you're doing this all wrong
— Aaron Boone (@jamesjammcmahon) August 12, 2016