MANITOWOC -- The family of a Wisconsin man found guilty of helping his uncle kill a woman in a case profiled in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" is hopeful he will be released now that his conviction has been overturned.
A federal magistrate has ordered Brendan Dassey be freed within 90 days unless prosecutors decide to retry him. The state could also appeal the ruling. The judge said investigators coerced a confession from Dassey.
Dassey's uncle, Chuck Avery, said Saturday there are no grounds for a retrial. He believes his nephew will be released. One of Dassey's attorneys says the confession would not be used at a new trial.
"All I can say is that we're hopeful he is getting out soon and extremely excited," Dassey's brother, Brad Dassey, said. "I pray for him daily."
Teresa Halbach was killed in 2005 after she went to the Avery family auto salvage yard to photograph some vehicles. Dassey's uncle, Steven Avery, was also convicted in Halbach's death.