Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey will not be released from prison after a panel of federal appellate judges upheld a motion filed by Wisconsin prosecutors to keep him in jail as they appeal his overturned conviction, The Associated Press reports.
Dassey and his uncle, Stephen Avery, were given life sentences for the murder and sexual assault of Teresa Halbach. The Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer about the case cast doubt on the convictions and suggested that the two were framed.
While Avery remains in prison, Dassey’s conviction was overturned in August and he was expected to be released by the end of the week. On Monday, judge William Duffin denied a similar motion filed by the prosecution, saying it “largely reargues the same points already considered and rejected by the court in deciding Dassey’s motion for release.”
In response, the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed an emergency motion to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago, per the Post-Crescent. “This case involves the brutal rape, murder and mutilation of Teresa Halbach that 16-year-old Brendan Dassey committed with his uncle, Steven Avery. Dassey admitted to his crimes in extensive detail, in an entirely voluntary confession, during which investigators used techniques that courts around the country have approved time and again,” the motion states. Prosecutors also claimed that Dassey’s release would “irreparably harm” the state and “the public interest.”
Meanwhile, Avery recently penned a letter from prison thanking his supporters and his attorney, Kathleen Zellner, while also offering a hopeful outlook on his situation.
“Everything is going good for now,” Avery wrote to his niece, Carla Chase, who also posted the letter on Twitter. “I do have the best lawyer in the world! When I get out I want to see all my supports and all the beautiful woman, and I only want to be happy and having fun, and having love, and I got love!”
— Carla Chase (@averydassey) November 17, 2016