The gripping case chronicled in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer stopped cold after a federal appeals court upheld the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey who confessed to police that he helped his uncle Steven Avery rape and kill Teresa Halbock in 2005. The 4-3 decision overturns a lower court judge's decision to toss out the original guilty verdict.
Because it was determined that the confession was coerced. Lawyers for Dassey, who is now 28 years old, had argued that their client, then 16, had a learning disability with an IQ in the low 80s. And that police had pressured him into admitting his involvement in the crime. But the majority of judges on the Court of Appeals said Dassey had spoken to police voluntarily with his mother's permission and provided investigators with damming details about the killing in response to open ended questions.
The ten part Netflix documentary called into question the handling of the case by law enforcement officials. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison along with his uncle, Steven Avery. In October, a Wisconsin judge denied Avery's bid for a new trial.>> An innocent young woman.