Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey has lost his latest appeal for freedom.
The 28-year-old's life sentence was overturned last year on the basis that he was coerced as a teenager into giving a confession. The court order stated that Dassey would be released from prison pending an appeal, however judges voted yesterday 4-3 that his testimony was voluntary.
Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery, were convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach, whose charred remains were found at Avery's house in 2005. Dassey was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007 after telling investigators he helped Avery rape and kill Halbach. His earliest possibility of parole was 2048.
The US Circuit Court of Appeals analysed Dassey's claims that he was manipulated by detectives into confessing to taking part in a crime he didn't commit, and concluded that Dassey wasn't coerced, saying in a 39-page ruling: "The state courts’ finding that Dassey’s confession was voluntary was not beyond fair debate, but we conclude it was reasonable".
Dassey and his uncle came to fame after both were the subject of a gripping Netflix documentary in 2015. It was revealed in the show that his confession had been obtained under manipulation during a two-day long interrogation, large periods of which he was without a lawyer or parent present.
While there has been no physical evidence linking him to the murder of Teresa, Dassey, who has learning difficulties, remains in prison. This latest decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals makes it unlikely the 28-year-old will be freed.