Things have been looking up for Brendan Dassey this week, after his conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2006 was overturned on Friday. Dassey could be released from prison in the coming months — prosecutors will have 90 days to decide whether or not to try him again — which is a big win for the 26-year-old, whose constitutional rights were determined to have been violated in the initial investigation. Now that he'll be released, a Change.org petition aims to send Dassey to WrestleMania in Orlando, Florida, to see the "Showcase of the Immortals."
During the Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer, Dassey expressed an interest in and sadness over having to miss WrestleMania once he was told he would be going to prison. So naturally, fans are now hoping to send Dassey to the event in April 2017 so he can catch it in person. The petition is addressed to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) organization and the company's CEO, Vince McMahon, according to Bleacher Report.
The petition was quickly on its way to hitting the 2,500 signatures it set to reach. One person who signed the petition wrote on the page that they were supporting these efforts because "the boy deserves it and more. 10 years unfairly robbed from his life." Another person wrote, "He spent years in prison for something he didn't do. He was probably scared and didn't get a [chance] to live his teenage life." Professional wrestler X-Pac reportedly said that if Dassey were released, he would make sure he got tickets to WrestleMania.
Fans of the series have expressed plenty of support for Dassey this year. According to his attorney, Laura Nirider, who spoke with USA Today earlier this year, Dassey received "dozens of letters a day from those who want to support him," and had also received support from legal scholars and criminal experts across the country who wanted to help him. Prior to the latest develops in his case and the potential to be released within the next three months, Dassey was serving a life sentence without the potential for parole until 2048.
Nirider spoke about how the support he has received over the last few months has made Dassey more hopeful about his future, telling USA Today, "We’ve gotten hundreds of emails, phone calls and letters from people who have ideas that might be able to help Brendan or express their support for Brendan. It’s wonderful to get those letters and emails."
The federal judge who ordered Dassey's release said, "Dassey's borderline to below average intellectual ability likely made him more susceptible to coercive pressures than a peer of higher intellect," according to TMZ. The judge noted that the "false assertions" made against Dassey without his lawyer present were coercive enough to lead to a false confession.
Now that things are looking up for Dassey, he should be excited to know that he may finally get to see WrestleMania, and even attend the event in person.