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Court Overturns Conviction of 'Making a Murderer' Nephew Brendan Dassey


His lawyers argued that his confession was unfairly orchestrated by police.

Brendan Dassey appears in court Monday, April 16, 2007, at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc, Wis. Dassey, 17, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and first-degree sexual assault in the death of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach on Oct. 31, 2005. His uncle, Steven Avery, 44, was found guilty of her murder last month. (AP Photo/Dan Powers, Pool)

Brendan Dassey, who was featured in Netflix's "Making a Murderer" documentary series, today had his conviction overturned after being found guilty of helping his uncle kill a woman in 2005.

A federal court in Wisconsin overturned the verdict, according to the Associated Press. Dassey will be freed within 90 days, unless the decision is appealed.

Brendan Dassey is escorted into court for his sentencing in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. (Herald Times Reporter/Eric Young via AP, Pool)

Dassey was 16 when the murder of Teresa Halbach occurred. She was last seen at the auto salvage yard belonging to the family of Steven Avery — Dassey's uncle who is currently in prison after being convicted of Halbach's murder.

The teenager admitted to the crimes in interviews with law enforcement officers, but his lawyers argued that his confession was unfairly orchestrated by police.

The Netflix documentary series began streaming on the website on December 18, 2015, bringing renewed attention to Dassey's case.

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