Yet another curveball was thrown in this long, twisted court battle.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey would be released from prison while prosecutors appealed to overturn his conviction.
This great news followed the August overturn of the 27-year-old’s 2007 murder conviction — but after being granted a momentary chance at early freedom, it turns out Dassey will have to continue to fight the law from behind bars.
On Thursday, a panel of federal appellate judges upheld a motion filed by Wisconsin prosecutors to keep Dassey in jail as they appeal his overturned conviction.
According to The Associated Press, Dassey’s release from prison was a sure thing until the three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued its decision.
Dassey and his uncle Stephen Avery were given life sentences for the murder and sexual assault of Teresa Halbach, a trial in which the Netflix docu-series suggests the two were framed.
While Avery remians in the slammer, Dassey was expected to be released by the end of the week when a judge denied a motion filed by the prosecution to keep him in prison.
In response, the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed an emergency motion to Chicago’s Court of Appeals, claiming Dassey’s release would “irreparably harm” the state and “the public interest.” The motion states:
“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.”
While Dassey still has hope to one day be released, the light at the end of his tunnel just got much, much dimmer.
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