The Latest: ‘Making a Murderer’ subject sends governor note
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on pardon request by “Making a Murderer” subject Brendan Dassey (all times local):
A man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series “Making a Murderer” has sent a handwritten note to Wisconsin’s governor requesting a pardon.
The note from Brendan Dassey comes as his advocates on Wednesday launched yet another formal attempt to free him.
Dassey’s attorneys say Dassey is intellectually disabled and that police officers manipulated him into confessing.
Dassey says in his note to Gov. Tony Evers that he should be pardoned because he’s innocent and wants to go home. He says he enjoys Pokemon and hamburgers. He drew two hearts on the note with the word “hugs” in one and “love” in the other.
Attorney Laura Nirider says she hopes Evers takes a serious look at this case.
A man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series “Making a Murderer” is asking Wisconsin’s governor for a pardon.
Attorneys for Brendan Dassey said Wednesday that they are petitioning Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for either a pardon or a commutation of his life prison sentence.
Evers has said he will only consider pardons for people who have completed their prison sentences. He’s also ruled out commutations. Evers’ spokeswoman had no immediate comment.
Dassey was 16 years old when he told police he and his uncle, Steve Avery, raped and murdered photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005 before burning her body.
Dassey’s attorneys say he’s borderline intellectually disabled and that he was manipulated into confessing by experienced police officers.
This story has been corrected to show that Teresa Halbach was killed in 2005, not 2015.