A Wisconsin man whose conviction for participating in a 2005 murder was turned into the Netflix smash hit series Making a Murderer has had his case rejected by the Supreme Court.
Brendan Dassey, 28, was convicted of participating with his uncle Steven Avery in the killing of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
The tale was turned into a Netflix series, which aired in December 2015 and sparked furious debate about whether Avery and Dassey were guilty.
Dassey, who appeared confused by proceedings and whose mother said he has a mental age of nine, was shown being interrogated without lawyers and confessing in the belief he was then going home.
He was sentenced to life without parole.
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In August 2016 his conviction was overturned, and he was ordered released, but three months later a federal appeals court blocked his release.
In June 2017, he won another major victory when a federal appeals court said it agreed with the initial decision to release him.
But in December 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled by a 4-to-3 vote that his confession had not been coerced, which forced Dassey’s lawyers to seek a Supreme Court hearing.
On Monday the Supreme Court said it would not hear his case, without giving a reason, as is customary.
Dassey’s lawyer Laura Nirider said they “will continue to fight to free Brendan Dassey,” but did not explain how.
“Brendan was a sixteen-year old with intellectual and social disabilities when he confessed to a crime he did not commit,” she said.
“The video of Brendan’s interrogation shows a confused boy who was manipulated by experienced police officers into accepting their story of how the murder of Teresa Halbach happened.”
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The Wisconsin attorney general, Brad Schimel, said in a statement he was pleased by the decision.
“We hope the family and friends of Ms Halbach can find comfort in knowing this ordeal has finally come to a close,” he said.