This might be the end of the line for Brendan Dassey. The United States Supreme Court just ruled it will not hear the Making a Murderer subject’s appeal — denying his petition for a writ of certiorari, or request to review a case.
However, his attorney told Laura Nirider told E! News that her legal team will “continue to fight to free Dassey.” Brendan’s uncle Steven Avery was arrested in 2005 for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Brendan, who was 16 at the time, was interrogated and eventually confessed to being involved in the crime. He later recanted the confession, with lawyers claiming the statement was coerced. Dassey’s IQ was described as being in the “low to borderline” range.
The dissenting Judge Ilana Rovner argued at the time, “What occurred here was the interrogation of an intellectually impaired juvenile. Dassey was subjected to myriad psychologically coercive techniques but the state court did not review his interrogation with the special care required by Supreme Court precedent. His confession was not voluntary and his conviction should not stand, and yet an impaired teenager has been sentenced to life in prison.” This prompted Brendan’s attorney to appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Brendan’s uncle Steven is also hoping to have his sentence overturned, and in an exclusive interview with In Touch, his defense attorney Kathleen Zellner reassured Making a Murderer fans that she will not stop until Steven is free. “Giving up on his case would be accepting that someone else got away with murder,” she said. “We are going to keep ringing the doorbell at this so-called Court of Justice until someone answers it. The deeper we dig into the Avery conviction, the more evidence we uncover of his innocence.”
Among this “new evidence” she has uncovered is the assertion that the victim was never seen leaving the property, which she claims is wrong. “We have three witnesses who have stated that Teresa left the property. The state’s theory that Teresa never left is fatally flawed and demonstrably false.” Earlier this year, it was revealed that a follow-up to the Netflix series was under production.
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