Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Wisconsin wants 'Making a Murderer' inmate to stay in jail

Wisconsin wants 'Making a Murderer' inmate to stay in jail

Dassey's attorneys announced Friday, June 23rd they filed a motion that Dassey be released immediately.

Defense attorneys for Wisconsin inmate and "Making a Murderer" subject Brendan Dassey have filed a response to the state's motion to appeal his overturned conviction.

Wisconsin DOJ argued Dassey's case is far from settled, thus he will have to remain in prison.

The federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday affirmed the Eastern District of Wisconsin's grant of habeas corpus relief for Dassey. This report will be updated. "Respect for the en banc (and possible Supreme Court) process, the Motions Panel's well-considered stay decision, the powerful dissenting opinion from the Merits Panel's holding, and the conclusion by a Wisconsin jury that Dassey committed heinous crimes all strongly militate against lifting the stay".

Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in 2007 in connection with Teresa Halbach's death.

Last week, a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled 2-1, upholding a lower court's ruling overturning his conviction. The lawyers pointed out the convict will be harmful to public if released.

Prior to this, Avery was wrongfully convicted for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, He served 18 years in prison for it but in 2003, DNA evidence fully exonerated him.

Viewers were almost unanimous in the opinion that Dassey was innocent and his confession had been coerced by investigators.

"Dassey's interests do not warrant release, given that he has been adjudged guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by and this adjudication of guilt has been upheld by the appellate courts of the State", Schimel's motion says. The judge ruled Dassey's confession was improperly obtained by detectives who took advantage of his age and mental deficiencies.

According to Dassey's lawyers, Avery's nephew has lost 4,132 days of his life to prison.

Making a Murderer received worldwide attention after its release, with a second series now being made.

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