Published: Sat, December 24, 2016
Business | By Patricia Jimenez

Prosecutors argue Dassey confession 'entirely voluntary'

Prosecutors argue Dassey confession 'entirely voluntary'

In August, a federal magistrate judge in Milwaukee overturned Dassey's first-degree intentional homicide conviction, concluding that the teenager's constitutional rights had been violated.

Although Dassey "had low-average-to-borderline IQ", prosecutors say he was in "mostly regular-track high school classes".

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is asking the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments in the state's effort to keep Brendan Dassey in prison.

According to prosecutors, Dassey spent four months "guilt-ridden over his participation in Teresa Halbach's brutal rape and murder".

"With respect to the facts of this case, Dassey spins his own version of events, but can not identify any specific promise that the investigators made".

Prosecutors say the confession was voluntary because Dassey supplied most of the details in response to open-ended, rather than leading, questions.

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Meanwhile, Dassey remains behind bars.

Steven Avery, the main subject in Making a Murderer and Dassey's uncle, was sentenced to life in prison for his alleged role in the killing.

Dassey's attorneys on December 6th filed new documents outlining why Dassey should be released from prison.

Dassey was set to be freed under the supervision of the US Probation Office, but Schimel filed a motion seeking a stay of Duffin's decision to release Dassey pending the appeal of his 2007 murder conviction. However, he later recanted, claiming the confession had been coerced.

Schimel requested that Duffin rule on the motion to halt Dassey's release by 4 PM Wednesday.

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