‘Making A Murderer’ Creators Hail Overturned Conviction, Vow to Follow Saga

What a day for Brendan Dassey.

Hours after the Making A Murderer subject had his homicide conviction and 41-year prison sentence overturned, the filmmakers who brought his plight into the public eye have spoken out on the case once more.

In a statement, directors and executive producers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said the decision to wind back Dassey’s conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach is a “major development for the subjects in our story” that “shows the criminal justice system at work.”

The pair also used the statement to reassert that their coverage of the case, and the intertwining story of Dassey’s uncle Steven Avery, didn’t end with their 10-part Netflix documentary series. They said “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.”

Separately, Dassey’s legal team issued a statement of their own. They said “it has taken a decade but the law is finally bending toward justice in the case of Brendan Dassey…We look forward to taking the appropriate next steps to secure Brendan’s release from prison as soon as possible”.
Dassey was 16 at the time of Halbach’s death. The coercive interviewing techniques investigators used on the teenager to extract confessions, combined with the negligence of his original legal counsel, became a focal point of the documentary series. 
While debate still rages on Avery’s case, few can argue Dassey wasn’t completely let down by the system. With any luck, Ricciardi and Demos can incorporate this one bright spot into their telling of the story.