The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago will begin hearing arguments from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Tuesday, in the state’s bid to keep “Making a Murderer” subject Brendan Dassey in prison for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
Dassey’s conviction was vacated last year when the court ruled that confession the then 16-year-old gave to police in 2006 was coerced. He was set to be freed just head of last Thanksgiving, but was ordered to remain behind bars when the state filed an last-minute motion of appeal.
Dassey, now 27, and his uncle, Steven Avery, were convicted in separate trials of killing photographer Teresa Halbach at Avery’s home. Her charred remains were found in an incineration barrel and a burn pit on Avery’s property, about 80 miles (130 km) north of Milwaukee.
Netflix, in December 2015, released a 10-part documentary “Making a Murderer,” which questioned the handling of the investigation and the motives of Manitowoc County law enforcement officials.
Dassey is represented by Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider.