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Attorneys for 'Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey to petition Gov. Tony Evers for clemency

Posted at 9:05 AM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 14:24:55-04

MADISON -- Brendan Dassey's legal team is filing a petition for clemency to Gov. Tony Evers.

Dassey is currently serving a life sentence for his conviction in 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach of Manitowoc County. Dassey was 16 at the time, and has argued for years that investigators coerced him into a confession. He currently is not eligible for parole until 2048. Dassey will be 59 years old at that time.

Laura Nirider, one of Dassey's attorneys and co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, says they are asking for a pardon or commutation "on the basis of actual innocence and his extreme sentence."

The controversial case and lengthy trial gained international attention when Netflix released "Making a Murderer" in 2015, a documentary that raised questions about the conviction of Dassey and Avery.

Avery was also convicted of multiple crimes, including first-degree intentional homicide.

Dassey also took part in a 'Wrongful Conviction' podcast. Click here to listen.