One of the accused stars of the hit Netflix documentary Making a Murderer has to remain in jail during the appeals process, it has been announced.

Brendan Dassey, 27, is one of two men arrested for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. The case came to international attention last year when Netflix screened Making a Murderer, investigating the discrepancies in the case.

In August, Dassey's conviction was overturned after the judge ruled that he was coerced into confessing by the police. The State of Wisconsin launched an appeal process, but Dassey's legal team asked for their client to be given bail while the process unfolded.

It was ruled Tuesday that Dassey should be released, but today the Court of Appeals upheld a motion by the prosecution denying Dassey's release. It is not currently clear why they denied his release, but the prosecution had argued that releasing Dassey would not be in the public interest.


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Dassey's lawyers released a statement saying that they "are more disappointed than words can say" but that "the fight goes on".

Dassey was arrested in 2006 as an accessory to the 2005 murder, after he confessed under questioning to having helped his uncle, Steven Avery, dispose of the body.

Making a Murderer won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary. A second season is currently in production, focused on the legal teams of both men.