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Judge orders ‘Making a Murderer’ inmate released by Friday

Brendan Dassey
Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom in Manitowoc, Wis., on March 3, 2006.
(Morry Gash / Associated Press)

A federal judge has ordered that a man convicted in the case featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” must be released from prison by Friday evening. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction in August, saying investigators tricked Dassey into confessing he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape, kill and mutilate photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. State attorneys have been arguing he should remain in prison while they pursue an appeal. 

Duffin on Monday ordered him released. The state Justice Department asked Duffin on Tuesday to stay his ruling, but Duffin issued an order Wednesday saying Dassey must be released by 8 p.m. Friday. 

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