Federal appeals court blocks release of Brendan Dassey

Published: Nov. 16, 2016 at 10:43 AM CST
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A federal appeals court has blocked release of Brendan Dassey.

Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin ordered Dassey be released from prison no later than 8 p.m. Friday. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel sent a news release around 11 a.m. Wednesday stating he would file an emergency motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a stay of the release order.

Dassey, now 27, was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse in Theresa Halbach's killing. His uncle, Steven Avery was tried and convicted separately in the homicide. Both men are serving life sentences.

Dassey confessed to helping Avery carry out the rape and killing, but his attorneys argued that his constitutional rights were violated throughout the investigation.

In August, Duffin overturned Dassey's conviction in the 2005 death of Teresa Halbach, and state prosecutors have appealed that decision.

Dassey is currently in custody in the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wis.