Federal appeals court stops Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey's release

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A federal appeals court in the US has ruled Brendan Dassey, a prisoner who featured in the Netflix series Making A Murderer, must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned.

Dassey was convicted in 2007 of raping and killing Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison.

A federal judge overturned his conviction in August, saying investigators coerced Dassey into confessing. State lawyers have appealed against that ruling.

Brendan Dassey
Brendan Dassey (Eric Young/AP/PA)

The judge ordered his release by 8pm on Friday. The state Justice Department asked the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in an emergency motion to block the release.

On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the appeal court agreed to block Dassey's release, pending the resolution of the appeal.