Appeals court grants stay keeping Dassey in prison


PORTAGE, Wis. (WBAY) – The state of Wisconsin’s emergency motion to keep Brendan Dassey in prison during his appeal has been granted by an appeals court.

The Seventh District Court of Appeals Thursday granted the stay to the Wisconsin’s Department of Justice.

The decision from the appeals court comes one day after a U.S. Magistrate signed an order for Dassey to be released from Columbia Correctional Institution no later than Friday at 8 p.m.

Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were sentenced to life in prison for the 2005 murder of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.

The Netflix docu-series “Making A Murderer” has prompted a re-examination of the investigation and the convictions.

U.S. magistrate judge William Duffin has overturned Dassey’s conviction, saying his confession to investigators was coerced.

The state of Wisconsin is appealing that ruling.

Avery is appealing his conviction, saying new testing of evidence will help clear him. That case is still pending.