Dassey, Avery attorneys talk about this week’s twists

Steven Avery - Brendan Dassey - Teresa Halbach photos

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) – Lawyers are talking about what’s next for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.

Both are appealing their convictions in the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.

Thursday an appeals court said Dassey will stay in prison while the State appeals a ruling by a federal magistrate overturning Dassey’s conviction. That magistrate ordered Dassey’s release earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Avery is still waiting to hear if a judge will approve new forensic testing in his appeal.

Avery’s former lawyer, Dean Strang, attended a state public defender’s conference in Milwaukee on Friday. Dassey’s attorney was also there.

Both said it’s been a tough week.

“This is a case, in theory, I think, that could have and should have been won,” Strang said.

“We have confidence in our position in the court of appeals,” Bob Dvorak, one of Dassey’s lawyers, said.

Dvorak says his legal team will now focus on freeing Dassey for good by winning on appeal.

Both Dassey’s and Avery’s appeals could take many months.