Prosecutor: Family, attorneys failed Brendan Dassey

Published: Jun. 25, 2018 at 8:34 AM CDT
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The highest court in the United States will not review the judgment that upheld Brendan Dassey's conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied Dassey a writ of certiorari. There was no reason given for the denial.

Dassey's attorney, Laura Nirider, said her team will continue to fight for Dassey. Scroll down for Nirider's complete statement.

"Brendan was a sixteen-year old with intellectual and social disabilities when he confessed to a crime he did not commit. 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," Nirider said.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel praised the Supreme Court's decision. "We hope the family and friends of Ms. Halbach can find comfort in knowing this ordeal has finally come to a close," Schimel said in a statement. Scroll down for the full statement.

Dassey was sentenced to life in prison for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County. Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery, were convicted of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide at separate jury trials.

Dassey's case gained international attention in 2015 with the release of Netflix docu-series "Making A Murderer."

Dassey was 16 at the time of the killing of Teresa Halbach. His attorneys argue Dassey's confession was coerced by investigators who used improper techniques while interrogating a juvenile with a low IQ. They say investigators made false promises to Dassey that he'd be released if he told them about the killing.

A federal magistrate overturned Dassey's conviction, saying repeated false promises by detectives, when considered with other factors like Dassey's age, intellectual deficits and the absence of a supportive adult, led him to determine that Dassey's confession was involuntary under the U.S. Constitution.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice appealed up to a U.S. Appeals Court, which in a 4-3 ruling found the confession to be voluntary.

The Supreme Court Justices agreed not to review the Appeals Court ruling.

Dassey, who is now 28, will be eligible for parole in 2048.

Ken Kratz, the special prosecutor in the Dassey and Avery trials, said Monday that he has "a great deal of sympathy today for Brendan Dassey."

Kratz tweeted, "His uncle, Steven Avery, made him a murderer--his family and attorneys provided the worst possible advice, ensuring that he will now spend nearly the rest of his life in prison."

Kratz continued, "Knowing he could have been walking out of prison in as little as three years from today, had he followed

original plea recommendation, I wonder if his 'advisors' so willing to criticize law enforcement for obtaining his confession will turn the lens of scrutiny on themselves and apologize to Brendan for mishandling his case at almost every turn."

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel's full statement:

Dassey attorney Laura Nirider's full statement:

Jerome Buting, a former attorney for Dassey's uncle, tweeted that the court "passed on a huge opportunity to improve justice, especially for juveniles."

Buting continued, "Disappointing as today's decision is for American justice, Dassey has more options; don't give up hope. Newly discovered evidence & Brady violations in SA [Steven Avery] case will apply to him. Truth will prevail."

Avery continues to appeal his conviction. An appeals court has

to circuit court as his attorney asks to present new evidence.

Season two of "Making a Murderer" will document the appeals process.