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Nearly 24 hours from freedom, Brendan Dassey's release from prison has been blocked

His conviction has been overturned but State prosecutors are appealing that decision.

Brendan Dassey, is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit. (File, March 2006)
Brendan Dassey, is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit. (File, March 2006)
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A US JUDGE in Wisconsin has ruled that Brendan Dassey must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned.

Dassey was convicted in 2007 of raping and killing Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison. A federal judge in August overturned his conviction, saying investigators coerced him into confessing.

State prosecutors have appealed that ruling.

Dassey was featured in Netflix series Making a Murderer and the global attention brought extra urgency to his case, eventually leading to the overturning of his conviction.

A judge on Monday ordered that he be released from prison by 8pm on Friday.

But today a three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked that release, saying Dassey must remain behind bars pending the resolution of the State’s appeal.

Solicitors for the inmate say they’re disappointed that the appeals court has blocked his release

- With reporting by Rónán Duffy

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