Court hears ‘Making a Murderer’ appeal

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CHICAGO, Ill.  — A controversial case featured in a popular, Netflix documentary plays out before a full, appeals court on Tuesday morning.

At issue: Brendan Dassey's fate behind bars.

Judges heard arguments for more than an hour. But, a decision is not expected for weeks or even months.

Relatives of the victim, Teresa Halbach, were in court for the hearing.

Dassey is now 27 years-old, and serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder.

He was sixteen when he confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, in the rape and killing of Halbach in Manitowoc County.

Last year, a federal judge overturned Dassey's conviction. The state appealed.

The state opened by claiming Dassey confessed because the guilt was unbearable.

The defense insists the interrogation "overwhelmed a child" in a case of psychological coercion.

One judge questioned why special care wasn't given to Dassey during the interrogation due to his age at the time and low IQ.

In response, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said what happened to Halbach should make people's skin crawl.

He expressed confidence the ruling will go their way, but acknowledged the alternative could change police interrogation tactics in the future.

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