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Court stops Making a Murderer inmate Brendan Dassey's release

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned.

Judge had ordered Dassey released from prison by 8 p.m. Friday

Brendan Dassey, whose case was brought to light again in the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer, is seen entering a courtroom in Manitowoc County, Wis. in 2007. A federal appeals court has ruled that Dassey must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via Associated Press)

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned.

Brendan 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 attorneys have appealed that ruling.

The judge on Wednesday ordered Dassey released from prison by 8 p.m. Friday.

The state Justice Department asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an emergency motion to block the release.

A three-judge panel of the appeal's court on Thursday agreed to block Dassey's release, pending the resolution of the appeal.