Update, Nov. 17, 12:30 p.m. PST: Brendan Dassey has now been ordered to stay in prison as an appeal seeking to uphold his murder conviction works its way through the courts.
Officials filed an emergency motion with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago asking that Dassey be forced to remain behind bars even though his murder conviction was overturned more than three months ago. A judge granted the motion, meaning Dassey will stay in prison for the time being, despite a judge’s ruling just yesterday saying he should be released immediately.
Making a Murderer‘s Brendan Dassey is finally, officially leaving prison.
On Monday, a judge ordered that Dassey be released immediately while an appeal is pending that seeks to keep him behind bars. Though he’ll be freed from prison, the ruling comes with a number of stipulations: Dassey can only travel within the district of Wisconsin’s Eastern court, he can’t get a passport, and he’s not allowed to possess a gun or any controlled substance. He’s also been ordered not to have any contact with his uncle, Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery, or the family of Teresa Halbach, the woman he was convicted of helping to kill.
In August, a federal judge made the ruling that Dassey’s confession to helping his uncle with the crime was coerced by police. Dassey, who was 16 years old at the time, can be seen on tape recordings on the Netflix series being promised by police that “you don’t have to worry about things” and things would be “OK” if he told them about the murder, which the judge says constitutes an unfair promise of leniency.
Wisconsin’s attorney general has since appealed the judge’s ruling and seeks to overturn it and keep Dassey in prison, where he’s been for more than a decade. He says that Dassey voluntarily answered police questions after being informed of his rights and that he supplied details about the murder in response to open-ended questions, which isn’t what the documentary shows.
As the appeal works its way through the courts, Dassey has remained in prison, despite his conviction being overturned.