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Lawyer to panel: No promises to 'Making a Murderer' inmate

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/14/2017
FILE - In this March 3, 2006, file photo, Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom in Manitowoc, Wis. A federal appeals court is about to consider the fate of the Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer." Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage yard. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 3, 2006, file photo, Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom in Manitowoc, Wis. A federal appeals court is about to consider the fate of the Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer." Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage yard. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — State attorneys are trying to persuade a panel of federal appellate judges that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was properly convicted.

Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in Manitowoc County.

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey's conviction in August, ruling investigators coerced him into confessing. The state Department of Justice has appealed. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2kH2KS5 ) DOJ's Luke Berg argued detectives never made Dassey any specific promises. Dassey attorney Laura Nirder countered detectives made a "drumbeat" of promises.

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