6/30/17 – The State Justice Department says it will tell a federal appeals court within two weeks why Brendan Dassey should remain in prison for at least the next 31 years. The state has decided to appeal to the full Seventh Circuit Appellate Court in Chicago, after a three-judge panel from that court ruled last week that Dassey’s conviction should be dropped in the 2005 slaying of Teresa Halbach. On Wednesday, the appellate court agreed with the state that Dassey should stay in prison while the state’s appeal is considered. Previous rulings said investigators illegally coerced the then 16-year-old Dassey into confessing for both his and Steven Avery’s roles in the Halbach slaying. Both are appealing their convictions in the wake of the 2015 Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” which raised questions about their cases.