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Brendan Dassey from 'Making a Murderer' could be freed from jail next week

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In a new development in the 'Making a Murderer' case, a judge has just ordered that Brendan Dassey, nephew of Steven Avery, be immediately released from prison.

Dassey, now 27, was convicted alongside his uncle of murdering 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in 2005. The gripping Netflix doc series questioned their guilt, and back in the summer Dassey's conviction was finally overturned. But the young man, who has learning difficulties, has remained in jail since pending an appeal by prosecutors.

Now, the same judge who overturned Dassey's conviction wants him released straightaway under certain parole conditions, and Dassey's lawyer hopes to have him out in time for Thanksgiving next week. 'That's what I'm focused on right now, getting him home, getting him with his family and then helping him to reintegrate back into society while his appeal plays out,' said Dassey's lawyer.

Meanwhile, Steven Avery's new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, is pushing to get access to DNA evidence from the 2005 crime scene.

As this case continues to evolve, it's only a matter of time before a second series of 'Making of Murderer' drops – and it sounds like the filmmakers will have plenty of material to keep them going.

Read our round-up of 'What's happened in the Steven Avery case since "Making a Murderer"'.

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