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Court Issues Final Ruling Reinstating Murder Conviction for Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel

Michael Skakel was convicted of killing 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975



    Court Reinstates Skakel Murder Conviction

    It could be the end of a decades-long legal fight for justice for Martha Moxley, a Connecticut teen who was murdered in 1975. Michael Skakel, who is accused of beating the teen to death, may be heading back to prison after he was convicted in 2002 and then released in 2013. Gus Rosendale reports.

    (Published Monday, May 8, 2017)

    What to Know

    • Michael Skakel is the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy

    • Skakel was convicted of killing a girl in 1975 when they were teenage neighbors in Greenwich

    • A lower court overturned the 2002 conviction, citing mistakes made by Skakel's trial lawyer, but the state court reinstated the conviction

    The Connecticut Supreme Court has finalized a ruling that reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. 

    The court on Monday released a final, edited version of a decision announced in December. Skakel's request for justices to reconsider that decision remains pending. 

    Skakel was convicted in 2002 of murder in the bludgeoning of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were both teenagers. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, but was freed on bail in 2013 after a lower court granted him a new trial because of mistakes made by his trial lawyer. 

    The state Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in December that Skakel's trial lawyer, Michael Sherman, provided an adequate defense and overturned the lower court. 

    Skakel remains free on bail.

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