Court stops ‘Making a Murderer’ inmate’s release

The state Justice Department asked the Court of Appeals in an emergency motion to block the release of Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey "Making a Murderer" suspect
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court has ruled that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned.

Brendan Dassey was convicted in 2007 of raping and killing Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison. A federal judge in August overturned his conviction, saying investigators coerced him into confessing. State attorneys have appealed that ruling.

The judge on Wednesday ordered Dassey released from prison by 8 p.m. Friday. The state Justice Department asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an emergency motion to block the release.

A three-judge panel of the appeal’s court on Thursday agreed to block Dassey’s release, pending the resolution of the appeal.

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