State responds to Dassey’s request for release

Brendan Dassey DOC photo
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – State lawyers with the Attorney General’s Office filed a response today, to Dassey’s request to be released from prison while the state appeals a court’s decision to overturn his conviction.

In a the motion, the state argued keeping Dassey in custody was in the public’s best interest. They say due to the violent nature of the crimes he was convicted of, his release would be a serious threat to public safety. They also argue that Teresa Halbach’s loved ones would be harmed by Dassey’s release.

In September, Dassey’s attorneys requested he be released from prison, saying he has been held in custody since he was 16 years old for a conviction that a court has now overturned. They argued that Dassey had no criminal record prior to his arrest, and suggested that he could live with family during the appeals process.

Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were convicted in the 2005 murder of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County. On Aug. 12, a federal judge overturned Dassey’s conviction, saying his confession to the crime was coerced. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced on Sept. 9 that the state would appeal that judge’s decision.