Full interview: Kachinsky 'surprised' by Dassey ruling
(WLUK) -- The attorney who represented Brendan Dassey while he was interrogated by law enforcement officers says he is "surprised" a judge overturned Dassey's conviction in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were convicted in separate trials of killing Halbach, who had traveled to Avery's family's Manitowoc County salvage yard to take photos of a minivan for sale. Halbach, 25, was working as a freelance photographer for Auto Trader magazine.
Len Kachinsky represented Dassey, then 16, when law enforcement officers questioned him about the murder. Dassey was pulled out of school and Kachinsky gave officers his permission to interview Dassey without a lawyer present. Kachinsky did not represent Dassey during the subsequent trial.
In a decision overturning Dassey's conviction, Federal Judge William Duffin called Kachinsky's work "indefensible," although he said that was not the reason for the conviction being overturned.
Kachinsky told FOX 11's Alex Ronallo over the phone, "when a motion to suppress is appealed, usually the findings of the trial judge, in this case (Manitowoc County Judge Jerome Fox), is usually upheld unless it's clearly erroneous."
Dassey's confession was called into question nationally with the release of the Netflix series "Making A Murderer," which included parts of the videotaped confession.