Reaction in Manitowoc

Steven Avery - Brendan Dassey - Teresa Halbach photos

MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) – Action 2 News visited the Avery Salvage Yard to get reaction from the family following the court order for Brendan Dassey’s release from prison. No one was inside when we walked in, but Steven Avery’s brother Chuck came outside and told our crew to get off their property.

It was relatively quiet at the Manitowoc County Courthouse, where in the past we’ve seen a lot of celebrations and protests in this case. Monday, there was nothing like that.

But the magistrate’s decision is weighing on some minds here.

The Manitowoc County Executive said he’s happy about how the case is being handled, but he doesn’t want to forget how this affects the victim’s family.

“The attorney general is sticking up for the state’s interests, and that’s appropriate,” Bob Ziegelbauer said about the state’s appeals of the magistrate’s orders. “The attorney general is handling the process. I think about the Halbach family every time, and I hope this gets over, but we know that it will take some time.”

We talked to people outside the courthouse, too. One echoed Ziegelbauer’s concerns. Mark Yarnell said, “As far as this family goes, I hope that you guys find peace in this, I hope you find joy, I hope the community around you will see the truth in it and embrace it.”

We reached out to the Halbach family and didn’t hear back by the time of this writing. They haven’t spoken publicly since the Netflix documentary series on Steven Avery, “Making a Murderer,” was released last December.