Skakel's Murder Conviction Was Overturned Last Month

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork)Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will be in court in Stamford next week arguing to be released on bond.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, it will surely be a packed courtroom next Thursday as Skakel and his lawyers argue for his release from prison.

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A superior court judge last month overturned Skakel’s murder conviction based on what he determined was inadequate representation by Skakel’s trial attorney.

Skakel hopes to be release on $500,000 bond while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

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State prosecutors say they will fight the order granting Skakel a new trial, while Skakel’s attorney will argue that Skakel poses no threat and is a low flight risk, Schneidau reported.

Skakel has spent more than 10 years in state prison for the crime he insists he did not commit. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Moxley when both were 15 years old.

Last week, Rockville Superior Court Judge Thomas Bishop ruled to send the case back to the Stamford Court where Skakel was convicted in 2002.

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