One of the biggest flips in the midterm elections — at least for the stars of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey — may have come in the state of Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel, both republican incumbents, lost their bids for re-election on Tuesday. Described as “the top two elected officials most determined to keep Avery and Dassey convicted,” the officials were topped by democrats Tony Evers and Josh Kaul respectively, who represent fresh hope for Wisconsin’s celebrity prisoners.
There’s also some speculation as to whether the October release of “Making a Murderer” season 2might have swayed the election out of the duo’s favor.
Season two of Netflix’s hit docuseries, which premiered Oct. 19, chronicled the Avery and Dassey’s attorney’s attempts to facilitate their release from prison for what they claim are wrongful convictions for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005.
The show captured the Dassey family’s emotional reaction to the Federal District Court Judge William Duffin’s decision to overturn Dassey’s conviction when it was determined that the then-16-year-old’s confession was coerced.
Though Duffin ordered his immediate release, Schimel, the recently unseated former Attorney General, immediately appealed Duffin’s decision and convinced the Court of Appeals to block Dassey’s release in the mean time