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As Netflix subscribers eagerly await Season 2 of Making A Murderer, headlines are giving clues as to where the next set of episodes will take us. After all, both subjects court cases continue to get exposure. Unfortunately, the news as of late is not promising for currently incarcerated Brendan Dassey, as his case was just hit with some bad news. Following a ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, it has been stated that Dassey will remain in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
The decision comes from the appeal of the decision to overturn his conviction a year ago on the grounds that Brendan Dassey's confession seen in Making A Murderer was coerced. The vote was very close, as EW reports a panel of judges voted 4 to 3 against Dassey and ruled that his confession obtained by police had been properly obtained. Dassey will continue to serve his life sentence, which was first given to him a decade ago in 2007.
While a majority of Season 1 of Making A Murderer focuses on the trial of Steven Avery, his nephew Brendan Dassey served as a big part of Avery's defense, due to the way in which his confession was obtained and the inconsistencies his story had with actual evidence. Dassey was interviewed by police four times over two days and never had a guardian or lawyer around during the interviews. Additionally, Dassey's initial lawyer in the case was shown to be somewhat working with the prosecution, and attempting to get Dassey to agree with a story that he actively disputed to family and the lawyer. Dassey would also attempt to recant his confession during his initial trial, although his words would ultimately be ignored.
The news on Brendan Dassey comes just two months after Steven Avery was denied a new trial by a Wisconsin judge. With Making A Murderer crews likely following the events and filming every step of the way, it will be interesting to hear Avery and Dassey's thoughts on the process, and what they think since they last talked to the documentary crew. It will also be interesting to see how the phenomena of the show has affected the Avery family, who is the less frequently seen party affected throughout this entire process.
Making A Murderer Season 2 is currently in development and will release on Netflix, but no release date has been given as to when it may arrive. For more on upcoming television premiering before the end of 2017, head on over to CinemaBlend's fall premiere guide. For a look at some shows that will be premiering or returning in the new year, our midseason premiere guide is an excellent resource. For a look at some shows that were canceled before the year's end, visit our cancellation guide.