Manitowoc County reacts to Brendan Dassey’s conviction being overturned

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Now the ball is in the state’s court as they have the option to appeal Judge William Duffin’s decision to overturn Brendan Dassey’s conviction or the state has 90 days to decide whether to retry Dassey.

The Dassey case lies with Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Tim Fallon and Local 5 reached out to his office to inquire about what happens next and we were told there is no new information to share, but his office says they will keep Local 5 posted in the coming weeks.

In the mean time Local 5 spent hours in Manitowoc Country talking to more than a dozen people in Manitowoc, Two Rivers and Mishicot, the overwhelming majority believe Brendan Dassey should stay behind bars.

Residents proclaimed a common theme that they didn’t like how the Netflix Documentary, “Making a Murderer,” portrayed the Manitowoc area to the rest of the country and the world.

Manitowoc resident Barbara Schuh explained how she went to Australia on business and when she checked into a hotel in Brisbon, Australia and people there saw she was from Manitowoc, they were in shock.

“You are from that place, and I said what about that place and they said that is where a guy was convicted of murder and he didn’t murder anyone and I said that is what the story tells you,” said Schuh.

The people of Manitowoc wants the state to retry Dassey, believing that the Netflix documentary didn’t tell the entire story, even though Federal Judge William Duffin found that the interrogations between investigators and Brendan Dassey violated Dassey’s constitutional rights.

“I really think Brendan should be retried I think the first trial was sad,” said Marie Kraetsch of Two Rivers. “I just pray that they do a retrial and he’s found guilty because I believe he is and I believe Avery is too.”

People Local 5 talked with also expressed how the latest development in this saga will make the family of Teresa Halbach have to relive her 2005 murder yet again.

“That is my real concern is for that family, they lost a daughter, if I lost my  daughter I would be devastated for life,” said Schuh.

Local 5 found one person who thought that Brendan Dassey should be freed from prison, but did not want to go on camera.

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