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'Making a Murderer' stays in prison

dpa logodpa 17/11/2016

Brendan Dassey, from 'Making a Murderer', has been blocked from being released from prison.

A US federal appeals court has blocked the release of one of the two men profiled in the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer," just days after a judge had ordered him freed.

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed to keep Brendan Dassey in prison while prosecutors appeal a judge's decision to overturn his murder conviction, the Attorney General's Office for the northern US state of Wisconsin said in a press release.

Dassey, 27, confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery rape and murder photographer Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin in 2005.

Both were convicted in separate trials and sentenced to life in prison.

But US Magistrate Judge William Duffin overturned Dassey's conviction in August, saying the then-16-year-old had made the confession in response to false promises by investigators who said he had "nothing to worry about," making the confession inadmissible as evidence.

In an appeal of the reversal, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel cited lower court decisions that the confession was valid and called Duffin's decision "wrong on the facts and wrong on the law," according to a statement cited by news reports.

Avery is pursuing his own appeal. In a letter posted on Twitter by his niece - Dassey's cousin - Carla Chase on Thursday, he thanked supporters and expressed optimism for the future, saying he had the "best lawyer in the world."

The 10-part series "Making a Murderer" generated a large amount of public interest in Dassey and Avery after filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi raised questions about the legal process that had sent them to prison.

The series won four Emmy Awards and a second season has been announced.

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