Steven Avery's ex-fiancee fears he may be released after judge overturns Brendan Dassey's conviction

Jodi Stachowski, the former fiancee of Steven Avery, welcomed the decision on Dassey's case

Steven Avery, Making a Murderer,

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Jodi Stachowski, the ex-fiancee of the man at the centre of the case featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer, has welcomed the news that a judge has overturned Brendan Dassey's conviction. 

Brendan Dassey confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, carry out the rape and murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.

Federal judge William Duffin ruled on Friday that investigators had coerced Dassey into his confession, and that the conviction should be overturned as a result. 

Duffin wrote that they "repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey's age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult, [which] rendered Dassey's confession involuntary."

He further questioned the conduct of Dassey's attorney Len Kachinsky in the case in representing his client, who also has learning difficulties. 

In a statement, Dassey's legal team said: "We fully expected this outcome from an unbiased court that carefully examined his confession."

There has been speculation since the ruling was passed down that the case against Steven Avery may be affected by Dassey's conviction being overturned, with Avery's lawyer Jerry Buting stating that his case should be reviewed next.

However, speaking to entertainment site TMZ, Avery's former fiancee Jodi Stachowski said that she "firmly believes is guilty of raping and killing Teresa Halbach", and that she is now worried that the ruling on Dassey's case may see Avery go free from jail.

Stating that she was thrilled for Dassey as a result of the fact that the State of Wisconsin "willfully destroyed his life," she warned that she believes that Avery is "capable of murder."

Also speaking to TMZ, Avery's brother Chuck said that he was also happy for Dassey but that he wouldn't stop "until the other person wrongly convicted is also freed: his brother."

For Avery's part, his lawyer told The Guardian that he was delighted for his nephew, and that: "We know when an unbiased court reviews all of the new evidence we have, Steven will have his conviction overturned as well."

The US District Court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ruled that prosecutors still have 90 days to decide if they will retry Dassey, who is now 26-years-old, and that he should be freed if no appeal is lodged.

Via The Guardian, TMZ