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No New Trial: Murder Conviction Stands For Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel

Michael Skakel
Michael Skakel Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court has officially reinstated the murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the 1975 stabbing death of his Greenwich neighbor when both were teens, according to CBS Connecticut.

The ruling released Monday is a final, edited version of a decision made in December, CBS Connecticut said.

The high court ruling rejected a lower court ruling that Skakel was not adequately represented by his lawyer in his murder trial.

Skakel, 56, is the nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, the widow of U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy.

He was convicted in 2002 for the 1975 murder of his neighbor Martha Moxley, when they were both 15 and neighbors in the Belle Haven neighborhood. Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club on Halloween Eve.

Skakel was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

In October 2013, Skakel was granted a new trial by a judge who ruled that his attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to adequately represent him in his original trial. The judge said that Sherman failed to argue that Skakel's brother could have been responsible for the murder.

In November 2013, Skakel was released on $1.2 million bond while awaiting the new trial. He remains free.

Click here for the story at the CBS Connecticut website.

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