Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey, left, listens to testimony at the Manitowoc County Courthouse on Jan. 19, 2010.

Associated Press

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit is set to hear arguments in Chicago next week as it decides whether to reverse a ruling that overturned the murder conviction of a Wisconsin man who was featured in a hit Netflix documentary series.

The murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, now 27, who was convicted in 2007 for the death of photographer Teresa Halbach, was overturned by a three-judge panel of the appeals court, but the state attorney general's office successfully petitioned for the entire court to hear the case.

The three-judge panel also ruled that Dassey must stay in prison for now, while the case is decided.

Dassey's case is scheduled to be argued on Sept. 26. Twelve judges were set to hear the arguments, but Judge Richard Posner retired earlier this month, leaving 11 to hear the case.

Dassey was convicted with his uncle, Steven Avery, of killing Halbach in the Avery family's junk yard in Manitowoc County in 2005. Dassey was 16 at the time. Avery was also convicted and sentenced to live in prison.

Both were featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer."

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey's conviction in August 2016, finding that his confession was coerced. In July, the three-judge panel upheld the magistrate judge's ruling and ordered him released from prison.


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