The Supreme Court has officially refused to hear a case made famous by the Netflix special “Making of a Murderer.” 28-year-old Brendan Dassey stands accused of killing 25-year-old Manitowoc, Wisconsin resident Teresa Halbach in cooperation with his uncle, Steven Avery. The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case officially ends their ability to appeal.
• Both men have claimed Halbach was killed by her ex-boyfriend. They deny any association or involvement in her death, and have gathered significant support from the public over the years.
• “Making a Murderer” does make several compelling arguments for their innocence, including the fact that Dassey, who has intellectual disabilities, was coerced into confessing by police.
• At least one court and three judges have officially agreed that Dassey confessed under duress. However, repeated attempts to have his conviction thrown out have all been overturned by the court of appeals.
• Public supporters, including several investigators and lawyers, claim that investigators on the original case put too little effort into investigating other suspects. This includes Halbach’s ex, Ryan Hillegas, who they believe is the real murderer.
• Dassey and Avery are both serving life sentences. The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case means that both men have reached the end of their appeal process, and must now settle in to serve their full sentences.
• Brendan Dassey is officially eligible for parole in 2048. Steven Avery, at least as of right now, is not and will not be eligible for parole; instead, he will spend the rest of his natural life in jail.