The path is now clear for Brendan Dassey to appeal his conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach to the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal judge has formally dismissed Dassey’s most recent appeal, a procedural move that was necessary for a potential new appeal.
Last month, a federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s 2016 decision to overturn the conviction. While Dassey’s legal team could make a request, the U.S. Supreme Court only takes on a small percentage of the cases it receives.
Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery are both serving life sentences in connection with Halbach’s death. Avery has appealed a Sheboygan County judge’s ruling to deny him a new trial to the state Court of Appeals.