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Michael Skakel’s Murder Conviction has been Reinstated

Connecticut’s Supreme Court has reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley. The supreme court ruled in favor of the conviction four-to-three. This rejects a lower courts ruling saying Skakel’s first lawyer did not adequately represent him.

Skakel is accused of killing Martha Moxley with a golf club back in 1975. Authorities say Moxley was bludgeoned and stabbed to death with the golf club.

Michael Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing Moxley in Greenwich, where they were neighbors. He was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison. After a judge granted him a new trial he was freed in 2013. The court found that Skakel’s trial lawyer failed to present a key alibi for him and sufficiently represent him.

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