Lawyers for Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey call for his release


Lawyers for the man convicted of helping his uncle kill a woman in a case profiled in the popular Netflix series Making A Murderer are asking for his release while his appeal is pending.

Brendan Dassey in court in 2007
Brendan Dassey was 17 when he was convicted in 2007 (Dan Powers/AP)

A 48-page motion filed in federal court argues that Brendan Dassey is not a flight risk and would not pose a danger to the public if he's released.

A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators tricked Brendan, then 16, into confessing that he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.

Brendan Dassey in 2006
Brendan Dassey in 2006 (Morry Gash/AP)

The judge ordered that Brendan, now 26, be freed within 90 days unless prosecutors appealed or decided to retry him.

Attorney General Brad Schimel has followed up with an appeal to the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals.