Making A Murderer's Steven Avery 'happy' after nephew's conviction overturned


Steven Avery has welcomed news that a judge has overturned his nephew's conviction in the case that was profiled in the popular Netflix documentary series Making A Murderer.

Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner said he is "so happy" for Brendan Dassey. Both Avery and Dassey were convicted in the 2005 rape and murder of Teresa Halbach.

Brendan Dassey's murder conviction has been overturned (Eric Young/AP/PA)

A judge in Wisconsin ruled on Friday that investigators obtained a confession from Dassey by making false promises that the then-16-year-old "had nothing to worry about". Dassey's lawyers had argued that the confession was coerced.

Avery is pursuing his own appeal. Zellner said in a statement that she's confident his conviction will eventually be overturned "when an unbiased court" reviews new evidence.

Dassey was sentenced in August 2007 to mandatory life in prison with a possibility of parole set for November 1, 2048 for helping his uncle carry out the rape and murder of photographer Halbach in 2005.

Steven Avery remains in prison but will be pursuing his own appeal (Morry Gash/AP/PA)

Avery was sentenced to life in prison with no possible parole for the murder.

Their convictions came to public attention through the Netflix series Making Aa Murderer, in which the film-makers cast doubt on the legal process used to convict Dassey and Avery.

Authorities involved in the case have called the 10-hour series biased, but the film-makers have stood by their work.