‘Making a Murderer’: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Brendan Dassey’s Appeal

No reason was given for nation’s top court passing on murder case

Brendan Dassey Will Remain in Prison

The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear Brendan Dassey’s murder case, which was chronicled by Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

As is typical for such denials, no reason was given Monday for passing on the appeal.

Dassey is serving a life sentence after confessing to the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. His attorneys said that the confession was coerced. At the time, Dassey, whose lawyers say has learning disabilities, was 16.

In December, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Dassey’s confession was voluntary. It was a tight vote, however, with a 4-3 outcome. Lower courts had ruled that Dassey’s confession was involuntary.

Steven Avery, Dassey’s uncle, was also found guilty in Halbach’s murder. Avery, who says the police framed him for the crime, is still appealing his case.

Avery is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.