Court Grants Kennedy Cousin New Murder Trial

Top News: Connecticut courtroom orders new homicide trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, report says

The Connecticut Supreme Court has vacated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction and ordered a new trial in connection with a 1975 killing in wealthy Greenwich.

She said the Connecticut Supreme Court's 4-3 decision yesterday to vacate Skakel's 2002 conviction because his lawyer failed to run down an alibi witness doesn't come close to convincing her of the 57-year-old's innocence. Santos said Skakel was several miles away from the crime scene on October 30, 1975 watching a Monty Python movie with friends when Moxley was bludgeoned with a golf club.

But in 2013, an appellate judge overturned the conviction on the grounds that Skakel received an inadequate defense. Prosecutors alleged that Skakel was angry at Moxely for not returning his feelings for her and having sexual interactions with his brother Tommy.

A spokesman for the CT chief state's attorney's office, which argued against Skakel's appeal in court, said the office was reviewing the decision. Sentenced to a 20-year-to-life prison term, Skakel was released on bail after a lower court made a decision to overturn his conviction in 2013.

"We're elated that our argument was vindicated", Santos said.

The prosecution's case was based largely on the testimony of people who said they heard Skakel confess and boast that his famous family connections would prevent him from being brought to justice. Former justice Peter T. Zarella, who wrote the majority opinion in 2016, retired at the end of that year, according to The Hartford Courant.

What results from that fresh look could again point the finger at Skakel - whose conviction was overturned in a 4-3 decision - or others in the killing, said CT defense attorney Norm Pattis.

The high court's reversal of a previous ruling is highly unusual, legal observers said.

The majority argued that without Ossorio's testimony, Skakel's alibi was attacked as a family conspiracy to cover up Skakel's involvement in a crime, even though the alibi was for a time period when it's highly likely Moxley was killed.

Moxley's brother, John Moxley, told the AP that he was disappointed with the ruling and that it was too soon to say what the family would want next in the case.

Writing for the majority Friday, Justice Richard Palmer said Skakel was prejudiced in the case by Sherman's failure to obtain alibi testimony from witness Denis Ossorio.

"I know Michael Skakel did this", Dorthy Moxely told the Herald. My mom is getting older. "I just don't think she has the strength to go on with this", said Moxley, 59.

Skakel has always said he was innocent. "That's half of my life that has gone on, and I'm willing to spend the rest of my life to find justice for Martha". 'He may not be physically in jail.

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