Convicted murderer Brendan Dassey just got a get out of jail free card, and it is causing a mixed reaction for producers of the documentary about the murder he was accused of participating in. Making a Murder filmmakers were nowhere to be seen when the latest news about Dassey broke. 

Why Dassey’s conviction was overturned

The case against Brendan Dassey and co-defendant Steven Avery made headlines earlier this year when it was recounted as part of the hit Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, but new drama unfolded this week when Wisconsin Judge William E.

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Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction in the 2005 murder of Theresa Halbach. Judge Duffin overturned the ruling with no prior warning, catching everyone—including those following the case the most closely—off guard. The judge ruled that after the murder occurred in 2005, the then-teen Dassey lacked the mental ability to endure the four interrogations he underwent.

A sudden ruling

According to TMZ, the ruling came so quickly that the filmmakers were unable to get a reaction on camera.

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In addition, Dassey’s immediate family was out of town at the time the announcement was made, so no immediate on-camera interviews have been conducted. TMZ reports that the case against Dassey had been under submission for months, and there would have been no way to know when a ruling would come down. Now, producers are expected to recreate the scene for the upcoming Making a Murderer sequel, but it won’t have the same impact.

Producers speak out

Making a Murderer directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos issued a statement after the ruling was overturned. According to Rolling Stone, the filmmakers vowed to continue documenting the story and credited the criminal justice system for continuing to look at the controversial case.

"Today there was a major development for the subjects in our story and this recent news shows the criminal justice system at work.

As we have done for the past 10 years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead,"  the duo said in a statement.

The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee has ordered Brendan Dassey to be released from prison within the next 90 days. Prosecutors must now decide whether to retry Dassey, who is now 26-years-old. Steven Avery is serving life in prison for the murder.

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There is no release date for the sequel, but the Netflix documentary just got a new twist with this overturned conviction.

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