Appeals Court Denies New Trial For 'Making A Murderer' Subject Brendan Dassey

Appeals Court Lets Dassey Conviction Stand

In 2007 Dassey was sentenced to 41 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse in relation to the death of Teresa Halbach two years earlier after allegedly telling detectives that he helped his uncle Steven Avery help rape and kill the Wisconsin photographer.

Dassey has remained in prison while the state appeals.

While a majority of Season 1 of Making A Murderer focuses on the trial of Steven Avery, his nephew Brendan Dassey served as a big part of Avery's defense, due to the way in which his confession was obtained and the inconsistencies his story had with actual evidence. They also said they intend to continue to fight for Dassey, including through petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review Friday's ruling.

Teresa Halbach's remains were found on the Avery property in Wisconsin.

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By a 4-to-3 vote, the appellate court ruled that Dassey's confession was not coerced, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I view this as a profound miscarriage of justice", Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner wrote in the ruling.

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In her dissent, Chief Judge Diane P. Wood wrote: "Without this involuntary and highly unreliable confession, the case against Dassey was nearly nonexistent". She called the fact that an "impaired teenager has been sentenced to life in prison" a "profound miscarriage of justice" in her dissent. His lawyers appealed through the state court system and then into the federal system, contending the confession was coerced.

Dassey's attorneys, Laura Nirider and Robert Drizin, said they were "profoundly disappointed" and would petition the U.S. Supreme Court on his behalf. Avery did a previous stint in prison after he was wrongly convicted of rape. "Indeed, when such tactics are applied to vulnerable populations, the risk of false confession grows intolerably".

US Magistrate Judge William Duffin had overturned Dassey's conviction in August 2016, citing his age and lack of guardian during questioning by police.

Brendan Dassey is pictured in this undated booking photo. But the state asked for a review by the full 7th Circuit - leading to Friday's decision.

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