'Making a Murderer': Federal court upholds overturned conviction

Judges affirm 'Making a Murderer' confession was coerced

Abrams appeared on "Good Morning America" Friday morning for an interview with Robin Roberts.

The state appealed Duffin's ruling, putting the case before the federal appeals panel.

The state countered that Dassey's confession was not coerced because the investigators who questioned him never made him any explicit promises. The confession, is at best, questionable. There's nothing I'd like more than to come over and give you a hug cuz I know you're hurtin'.

The ruling means Dassey could be released in the next 90 days. And I think they should decide this is it.

A coerced confession is not admissible in a criminal trial. "If they don't have the confession, they can't re-try him because, that is all that they have".

Johnny Koremenos, a spokesperson for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, said the office will seek one of the latter two options, and hopes that the "erroneous decision will be reversed".

Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison back in 2007 for the death of photographer Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin. The case became an global cause celebre following the release of Netflix docu-series "Making a Murderer".

Throughout the interrogation, investigators told Dassey, then a high school sophomore whose IQ had been measured between 74 and 81, that "honesty" is what they wanted to hear and that it's "the only thing that will set free". The state Justice Department appealed the ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a move that kept Dassey, now 27, behind bars pending the outcome.

November 8, 2005: Avery tells reporters he fears authorities are trying to frame him for Halbach's slaying because he sued Manitowoc County officials for $36 million for wrongful conviction. Charred bone fragments found in a burn pit later are determined to be her remains.

"There was no physical evidence linking Dassey to the murder of Halbach - investigators did not find any of Dassey's DNA or blood on any of the many objects that were mentioned in his confession - the knives in Avery's house, gun, handcuffs, bed, RAV4, key, or automotive dolly", the decision states. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach.

Avery's attorney Kathleen Zellner has filed a post-conviction relief motion in Manitowoc County laying out her argument for Avery to get a new trial.

Dassey's attorneys say they're elated and will take immediate steps to secure his release.

Steven Avery, seen in 2007, contends he was framed by police angry with his lawsuit for an earlier wrongful conviction for sexual assault. See what happened with Dassey? Avery is, and I have said this publicly before, I believe the evidence against Avery is incredibly overwhelming. Prosecutors base the charges on a videotaped statement in which Dassey detailed the killing, saying he and Avery raped and killed Halbach and burned her body.

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