State has until Monday to respond to motion for Brendan Dassey’s immediate release

State has until Monday to respond to motion for Brendan Dassey’s immediate release

Brendan Dassey’s attorneys announced Friday that they have filed a motion that he be released immediately.

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday to uphold a lower court’s decision to overturn Brendan Dassey’s conviction.

Dassey was featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family’s Manitowoc County salvage yard.

Jerry Buting, a defense lawyer for Avery, tweeted Friday afternoon that the 7th Circuit Court ordered the state reply by 5 p.m. Monday.

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey’s conviction last year. He ruled that investigators took advantage of Dassey’s youth — he was 16 at the time — and cognitive problems to coerce his confession.

According to the ruling released Thursday, Dassey’s confession was not voluntarily given.

The state of Wisconsin argues that detectives did nothing wrong.

A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Justice released a statement Friday:

“While Dassey’s legal team is free to file any motion they desire, Wisconsin DOJ intends to seek review of yesterday’s 2-1 decision by the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and by the United States Supreme Court, if necessary. Because this case is far from being concluded in the appellate courts and we are confident that Dassey’s convictions for rape and murder will be upheld, there is no avenue for him to be released at this time.”