A confession that some claim illegitimately put an intellectually challenged young man behind bars in a high-profile murder case will be upheld.
CNN reports that a federal court of appeals has ruled that Brendan Dassey’s confession that he assisted his uncle Steven Avery in the murder of Theresa Halbach will stand.
Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in a decision that hinged largely on his detailed confession, which he later retracted as his defense team argued it was coerced. Dassey, who was 16 at the time of the murder, reportedly has an IQ in the “low-to-borderline” range.
Halbach’s murder and Avery’s trial were chronicled in the Netflix series Making a Murderer.
According to CNN, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday to uphold the confession in a 4-3 vote.
“The interrogation took place in a comfortable setting, without any physical coercion or intimidation, without even raised voices, and over a relatively brief time. Dassey provided many of the most damning details himself in response to open-ended questions.”