Here is our original report from August:
Netflix's true crime docu-series Making a Murderer debuted on December 18, 2015 and became an instant phenomenon. The murder trial(s) of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were riddled by corruption, and the series not-so-subtly asserted their potential innocence. In the weeks to follow, Reddit threads started side investigations, lawyers Jerry Buting and Dean Strang became justice system stars, and Netflix greenlit a second season -- the examination of Avery and Dassey's sentences was not over yet.
Eight months later, scrutiny over the case may actually pay off: On Friday, according to multiple reports, a federal judge in Milwaukee has overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey.
The 26-year-old is currently serving a 41-year prison sentence for first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse, all connected to the murder of Teresa Halbach. In the wake of Making a Murderer, Dassey’s post-conviction attorneys filed a federal appeal, based on evidence that the then-teenager's confession was coerced.