MANITOWOC-- One of the main subjects of Netflix's "Making a Murderer" documentary has had his conviction overturned. Brendan Dassey could soon be walking free.
Even if you haven't watched the documentary, you've likely heard about the cases at its core. The film series follows Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. The pair were arrested for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Dassey was only 16 when he was arrested. He later confessed to helping his uncle rape and murder Halbach.
However, a federal court ruling overturned the conviction of Dassey Friday, August 12th, calling his confession coerced.
Manitowoc residents told FOX6 News the case has captivated the town since it happened in 2005. The Netflix film, followed by Dassey's newly overturned conviction have once again made it a favorite talking point for locals.
"Look at what the family, the Halbach family is going through again. They shouldn't have to go through that one more time," said Randy Ayotte.
Dassey could be released from prison in 90 days, unless prosecutors decide to appeal the case.
"This kid has spent probably half his life in prison and now they're going to bring him out into the real world and that's going to be very difficult for him," said Lori Decker.