MILWAUKEE - A judge ordered the nephew in the case featured in the "Making a Murderer" documentary released Friday afternoon, according to a ruling Thursday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin signed the order Thursday saying Brendan Dassey, 27, must be released no later than 8 p.m. Friday.
Dassey was convicted of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Teresa Halbach. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in the 2005 slaying. The case regained publicity last year when Netflix first broadcast "Making a Murderer."
Duffin said the state largely reargued the same points already considered and rejected by the court in deciding Dassey's motion for release.
"The court finds that reconsideration of these arguments yields the same conclusion," Duffy wrote.
The order said Dassey should be released no later than 8 p.m. on "Friday, November 15, 2016," but the order was signed Thursday, Nov. 16. Friday is Nov. 18.
Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a news release Thursday that the state filed an emergency motion Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to seek a stay of Dassey's release order and request relief by Friday.
Dassey's attorneys filed a reply brief late Wednesday arguing that Dassey has behaved well in prison and that the state hasn't identified any harm that might come from his release.