Making A Murderer subject Brendan Dassey has had his conviction for murder upheld by a federal appeals court in Chicago.
Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were the focus of the hit Netflix documentary, which investigated the conviction of the relatives in relation to the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
Last year, a judge ruled that Dassey, who was 16 years old when the crime was committed, was coerced into confessing to his alleged part in the murder. In June of this year, the US Seventh Circuit Court Of Appeals in Chicago affirmed that ruling, however the state of Wisconsin asked that seven members of the court hear their appeal.
Yesterday (December 8), the court ruled by four to three that Dassey’s confession was not coerced, as Rolling Stone reports. “The state courts’ finding that Dassey’s confession was voluntary was not beyond fair debate, but we conclude it was reasonable,” read the court’s decision.
The ruling means Dassey will continue to serve the life sentence originally handed to him. However, his attorneys Laura Nirider and Robert Drizin have vowed to take his case to the US Supreme Court.
His legal team told AP: “Today’s ruling contravenes a fundamental and time-honoured position of the United States Supreme Court: interrogation tactics that may not be coercive when applied to adults are coercive when applied to children and the mentally impaired.”
A second series of Making A Murderer has been confirmed by Netflix. However, no release date for the new episodes, which will follow Dassey and Avery’s fight to have their convictions overturned, has been confirmed at present.