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Halbach certain that convictions of sister's killers won't be overturned


MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - The brother of a woman who was brutally murdered in Manitowoc County says he is certain that the homicide convictions of her two killers will never be overturned.

Mike Halbach says appeals will continue for the foreseeable future – but he believes the outcomes will be similar to the previous appeals made by Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.

Last week, a state appeals court rejected a new trial for the 23-year-old Dassey, for the Halloween 2005 burning, raping, and shooting of Teresa Halbach at the Avery family’s auto salvage yard.

It’s one of Wisconsin’s most notorious crimes, because it happened two-and-a-half years after Avery was freed from prison where he served 18 years of a rape he didn’t commit. And Avery was among the first in the nation to be acquitted by DNA evidence – only to be convicted later by DNA.

Dassey’s attorneys say they’ll ask the State Supreme Court to overturn his conviction. A similar appeal by Avery was rejected last year by an appellate court.

The 25-year-old Halbach was at the salvage yard to photograph vehicles for Auto Trader magazine.

The 50-year-old Avery is serving a life prison term. Dassey is also sentenced for life, but he’s eligible for a supervised release in about 35 years.