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Michael Skakel Seeks Release After Greenwich Murder Conviction Is Set Aside

Michael Skakel's lawyers are seeking his release from prison after a judge overturned his murder conviction Wednesday.
Michael Skakel's lawyers are seeking his release from prison after a judge overturned his murder conviction Wednesday. Photo Credit: CNN

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Lawyers representing Michael Skakel were reportedly seeking his release from prison Thursday after a judge overturned his conviction in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley in Greenwich and ordered a new trial, according to The Hartford Courant.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, will reportedly appeal the judge's decision to give the Kennedy cousin a new trial.

Skakel, 52, has served about half his 20 years to life prison sentence for killing his neighbor, Martha Moxley, when both were 15 years old. He was convicted in 2002.

Skakel won the new trial after a long and last-ditch hearing in Superior Court earlier this year, the newspaper reported. The ruling to overturn the conviction on Skakel, a nephew of Robert Kennedy's widow Ethel, came Wednesday.

Moxley's body was found underneath a tree in her family's Greenwich backyard on Oct. 31, 1975. Pieces of a broken six-iron golf club were found near her body, and an autopsy showed she had been both bludgeoned and stabbed with the club, which was traced back to the neighboring Skakel home.

Read the full Hartford Courant story here .

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