Appellate court considers arguments in ‘Making a Murderer' case

Both sides presented arguments to judges
Posted at 6:48 AM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 19:19:10-05

The fate of an inmate featured in the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” is now in the hands of a federal appellate court.

Lawyers for both for Brendan Dassey and the state presented arguments to the court Tuesday regarding the confession interrogators used to convict Dassey of allegedly helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape murder photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.

The state argued Dassey chose to make his confession to interrogators and provided information he would only know if he were at the scene of the crime, while Dassey’s defense attorney said the confession came from a 16-year-old boy with a low IQ, alleging he was fed facts about the case.

Federal judges listened to both arguments, and at times challenged them. They questioned Dassey’s attorney on his argument about the police feeding facts to coerce a confession, while challenging the state on whether Dassey was able to understand the situation while he was interrogated.

The judges will weigh the arguments issued Monday, and it could take months to come to a decision. 

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey’s conviction in August, ruling that investigators took advantage of Dassey.

Dassey, now 27, has awaited appeal in prison since August.


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