MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s attorney general is appealing a ruling that overturned the conviction of a man accused of helping his uncle kill a woman in a case documented in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”
A federal magistrate judge ruled Aug. 12 that investigators used deceptive tactics to coerce Brendan Dassey to confess to helping Steven Avery rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. Dassey was 16 at the time.
Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel’s office appealed the ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday. His office filed notice of appeal with the court but documents outlining the state’s arguments will come later.
The judge ordered that Dassey be released within 90 days, unless prosecutors appealed or retried him.
Dassey and Avery are serving life sentences.