Appeals court denies release of Brendan Dassey

 Court records show a federal appeals court has denied a motion to release Brendan Dassey while the state of Wisconsin appeals the overturning of his conviction.

Last week, a three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court ruling that Dassey's conviction should be thrown out. After that decision, Dassey's attorneys filed for his release from Columbia Correctional Institution.

On Wednesday, the 7th Circuit denied that request.

The state Department of Justice argued Dassey should remain in prison while it appeals.

Dassey was convicted in the 2005 death of Teresa Halbach.


The Wisconsin Department of Justice is asking a federal appeals court to keep an inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" behind bars pending an appeal of a ruling overturning his conviction.

Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in 2007 in connection with Teresa Halbach's death. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill her.

A federal judge overturned his conviction last year, ruling investigators coerced Dassey into confessing. A three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling last week, prompting Dassey's attorneys to seek his immediate release.

DOJ attorneys argued in a filing Monday that Dassey should remain in prison because they plan to appeal to the full 7th Circuit, and a jury found Dassey committed heinous crimes.

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