Brendan Dassey may be released from prison in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family


Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey, whose homicide conviction was overturned in a case profiled in the Netflix series, should be released from prison while prosecutors appeal, a judge has ruled.

US magistrate judge William Duffin ordered Dassey's release contingent upon him meeting multiple conditions.

The judge ruled in August that investigators tricked Dassey into confessing he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape, kill and mutilate photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. The state has appealed against that ruling.

Brendan Dassey
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Dassey's attorney, Steve Drizin, said he had not spoken with Dassey yet, but he hoped to have him out of prison in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family.

"That's what I'm focused on right now, getting him home, getting him with his family and then helping him to re-integrate back into society while his appeal plays out," Drizin said.

A spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who had asked that Dassey not be released from prison pending the appeal, had no immediate response.

Dassey's supervised release was not immediate. He has until noon on Tuesday to provide the federal probation and parole office with the address of where he planned to live.

Drizin would not say where Dassey plans to live.

Steven Avery
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Halbach was killed on Halloween 2005, after she visited the Avery family's salvage yard in Manitowoc County.

Investigators allege Avery lured her there by asking her to take photos of a minivan. Dassey, who was 16 at the time Halbach died, was sentenced to life in prison in 2007.  He is now 27.

Avery was convicted in a separate trial and was also sentenced to life in prison. He is pursuing his own appeal.