A federal appeals court has blocked the release of Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” from a prison in Wisconsin, WBAY reports.
Dassey was scheduled to be released by Friday, Nov. 18, but his release was blocked Thursday while the state appeals a judge’s decision to overturn his conviction on murder and sexual assault charges.
“It is ordered that the appellant’s motion to stay is granted,” reads the decision. "The district court’s order releasing appellee Brendan Dassey is stayed pending resolution of this appeal."
The decision overturned one that came from a lower court on Wednesday calling for Dassey's release.
“The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Brendan Dassey must stay in prison until his appeal is resolved. We are disappointed more than words can say," read a statement from the Center from Wrongful Convictions of Youth. "The fight goes on.”
Dassey’s cousin and family spokesperson Carla Chase reacted on social media, saying, “words can’t express what we are feeling.”
This is just BS & words can't express what we are feeling..https://t.co/wyzNcnDUxJ— Carla Chase (@averydassey) November 17, 2016
Dassey was found guilty in 2007 of participating in the 2005 killing of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach, in Manitowoc, Wis, the New York Times reports. He and his uncle, Steven Avery, were both given life sentences in the case.
Netflix's Making a Murderer documentary alleges that Dassey, then 16, was coerced into a confession by investigators. U.S. magistrate judge William Duffin overturned Dassey's conviction earlier this year.
“The investigators repeatedly claimed to already know what happened on October 31 and assured Dassey that he had nothing to worry about,” Judge Duffin wrote in overturning the conviction. “These repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey’s age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey’s confession involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.”