‘Making a Murderer’ attorney tweet stirs speculation on Dassey ruling

Attorney for Steven Avery on Brendan Dassey case: 'It is over'

Brendan Dassey Making a Murderer
An undated mug shot of Brendan Dassey (Courtesy: Wisconsin Department of Corrections via WBAY-TV)

MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY/WOOD) – A Wisconsin Department of Justice spokesperson is denying social media speculation that a decision is coming Friday on the fate of Brendan Dassey, who was featured in “Making A Murderer.”

“I am aware of the rumors floating out there, and there is no truth to them. There is nothing new to share today,” DOJ spokesperson Johnny Koremenos said in a statement to our Media General sister station, WBAY.

This comes after the attorney for Steven Avery suggested on Twitter that Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel would make an announcement Friday about Dassey, but later deleted that tweet.

On Thursday evening, Kathleen Zellner tweeted a picture of Ryan Ferguson, a man she helped free after he was wrongly convicted of murder in Missouri, holding up a sign reading, “It is over.” The tweet was deleted about 20 minutes later, but it was shared dozens of times.

Kathleen Zellner tweet about Brendan Dassey case

Early Friday morning, Zellner tweeted a similar message, but removed reference to an announcement coming on Friday.

Zellner is not representing Dassey.

Schimel spoke with WISN in Milwaukee on Thursday, saying, “I’m not prepared to make any announcements on that yet. We have made some decisions, but I’m not prepared to announce that right now.”

On Aug. 12, a federal judge ruled Dassey’s murder conviction in the 2005 death of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County would be overturned. The judge ordered Dassey should be released from prison within 90 days unless prosecutors decide to retry him.

Avery was also convicted in Halbach’s death. The case garnered national attention following the release of the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer.”

Avery is in the process of appealing his conviction. Zellner filed a motion on Aug. 26, asking for more time to test blood evidence.


The original version of this story was first published on WBAY.com.

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