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Skakel Not Released Yet From Prison, But Bail Looks Possible

A judge lifted the stay on a ruling that Michael Skakel deserves a new trial for murdering a Greenwich teenager in 1975.
A judge lifted the stay on a ruling that Michael Skakel deserves a new trial for murdering a Greenwich teenager in 1975. Photo Credit: CNN

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A state judge on Wednesday lifted the stay on a ruling that Michael Skakel was deserving of a retrial in the 1975 murder of a Greenwich teenager, according to The Hartford Courant.

A judge had ruled in favor of a new trial for the Kennedy cousin on Thursday, Oct. 24 , citing the shortcomings of Skakel's original trial lawyer, Michael Sherman, in the 2002 trial where he was found guilty.

Skakel was convicted of killing his neighbor, Martha Moxley, with a golf club in 1975 in Greenwich.

The state has 10 days to appeal the decision by Judge Thomas Bishop. If the state does not appeal, Skakel would no longer be a convicted murderer. Instead, he would be a charged defendant who is eligible for bail, according to The Courant.

Skakel's attorney expects the state to appeal the decision, The Courant said.

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