'Making a Murderer' Subject Brendan Dassey Denied Release by Appeals Court
Published Nov 17, 2016Following a frustrating string of recent back-and-forths, Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey will not be released from prison this week, according to a new ruling by a panel of federal appellate judges.
The decision came down earlier today (November 17), with the three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issuing the decision to keep Dassey behind bars. The ruling even came as reporters were waiting for Dassey to be ultimately released from prison.
It's been an insanely up and down week for 27-year-old Dassey, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of Teresa Halbach two years earlier — something that was explored in the hit Netflix series.
On Monday (November 14), a federal judge approved the release of Dassey. However, the following day saw the state of Wisconsin filing an 11th hour motion to block Dassey's release, stating he poses a "serious public safety issue." Then on Wednesday (November 16), a judge ruled that Dassey must be released from prison no than Friday (November 18) at 8 p.m. local time — a decision that has now been overturned by the appeals court.
This all followed a decision earlier this year to have Dassey's conviction overturned after a judge ruled that authorities acted inappropriately by interrogating the then 16-year-old without the presence of an adult. The judge also said that investigators were wrong to assure Dassey that they were on his side.
Documents were later filed in October asking the court to reverse its ruling that investigators had manipulated Dassey into confessing that he helped Steven Avery murder Halbach in 2005.