Brendan Dassey has reportedly been moved to a new facility even as the drama and speculation surrounding his case reaches its height. The 26-year old is now serving his time at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, which at one time housed Dassey’s uncle–and the focus of the insanely popular Netflix documentary Making A Murderer–Steven Avery.
Officials have not given a reason for the transfer, but say it’s not uncommon to move prisoners from facility to facility. Brendan, who was just 17 at the time of his conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach, has already been transferred a few times.
Dassey was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and second-degree sexual assault when he allegedly helped Avery sexually assault, murder, and burn Teresa Halbach. Avery is serving his own sentence, but since the documentary first aired on Netflix, millions have tuned in and many have their own theories as to what happened. And while there are several unclear points surrounding the case and the numerous hours of the trial, it’s clear that many think Avery and Dassey are innocent.
As anyone who watched the series will know, Steven Avery was wrongfully convicted for another crime in 1985–the sexual assault of a woman on a Wisconsin beach–and spent 18 years in prison before DNA evidence proved he couldn’t have done it. Once he was released, Avery went after the state in a lawsuit, but before he could see the end of it, he was once again in jail for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Teresa–who was a photographer and had come to the Avery property to take pictures of one of their vehicles for Auto Trader–was last seen heading to the Avery home on Halloween and never returned home. Her remains were found in a burn pit on the property, but Avery claims he was set up.
A petition has been started on Change.org to have Steven Avery exonerated, and many believe that Brendan Dassey is just as innocent as his uncle. Although there are several theories floating around the Web as to what really happened, no one has been able to prove without a doubt that the two men didn’t have something to do with her murder.
“Steven Avery should be exonerated at once by governor’s pardon, and the Manitowoc County officials complicit in his two false imprisonments should be held accountable to the highest extent of the U.S. criminal and civil justice systems,” the petition reads.