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The Appeals of Michael Skakel

The Murder of Martha Moxley


Michael Skakel

Michael Skakel

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On October 31, 1975, the bludgeoned body of 15-year-old Martha Moxley was found under a tree in the yard of her family's Greenwich, Connecticut, estate. She had been beaten to death with a golf club that was later identified as one that belonged to the late Anne Skakel.

Tommy and Michael Skakel, then teenage friends of Martha, were suspects at the time, but no arrests were made. After the book, "Murder in Greenwich" by Mark Fuhrman was published, Michael Skakel was indicted for the murder of Martha Moxley and convicted in June 2002, mostly on statements he made to others while in rehab.

Latest Developments

Skakel Complains About Ankle Monitor
Feb. 12, 2014
The Kennedy cousin who was convicted of beating his 15-year-old neighbor to death in 1975 and was released from prison while awaiting a new trial has complained about his GPS tracking device because it won't allow him to wear ski boots. Michael Skakel told a judge he was not able to attend his son's ski competition earlier this month.

Michael Skakel Free on Bond
Nov. 21, 2013
Confessed killer Michael Skakel has been released on $1.2 million bond while he awaits the appeal of his overturned murder conviction or possible retrial for the murder of Martha Moxley in 1975. Skakel was ordered to wear an electronic tracking device and not leave the state of Connecticut.

Michael Skakel Denied Bond
Nov. 6, 2013
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will remain in prison while awaiting his new trial for the 1975 beating death of 15-year-old Martha Moxley. A Connecticut judge ruled that he did not have the authority to grant bail for Skakel, whose conviction was overturned on appeal last month.

Michael Skakel Gets New Trial
Oct. 23, 2013
A Connecticut judge has ordered a new trial for a Kennedy family cousin who was convicted in 2002 for the beating death of a 15-year-old Greenwich neighbor in 1975. The judge ruled that Michael Skakel received ineffective counsel in his trial for the murder of Martha Moxley.

Previous Developments

Skakel's Attorney Files Another Appeal
April 15, 2013
Michael Skakel has once again appealed his conviction for the 1995 murder of his Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley. Skakel, who is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy and who apparently has access to unlimited legal resources, is claiming he had inadequate counsel at his trial.

Michael Skakel Denied Parole
Oct. 24, 2012
The nephew of Robert F. Kennedy who was convicted of killing Martha Moxley in 1975 when they were both 15 years old has been denied parole. A unanimous Connecticut parole board turned down a parole bid by Michael Skakel, who was not convicted of the murder until 2002.

Court Rejects Skakel's Sentence Reduction
March 5, 2012
A three-judge Connecticut Superior Court panel has rejected an appeal by Michael Skakel to reduce his 20-years-to-life sentence for the beating death of Martha Moxley in 1975. The panel ruled that his original sentence was not inappropriate or disproportionate given the seriousness of the crime.

Michael Skakel Loses Another Appeal
April 12, 2010
The Connecticut Supreme Court has turned down another appeal for a new trial for Michael Skakel for the murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975. The court voted 4-1 against Skakel's appeal because it said the evidence does not back up the claim that three other men committed the crime.

Connecticut Court Hears Skakel's Appeal
March 26, 2009
Attorneys for convicted murderer Michael Skakel told the Connecticut Supreme Court that a claim that two other men killed Martha Moxley in 1975 is enough to grant the Kennedy cousin a new trial. At least one justice thought the argument was "pretty compelling."

Michael Skakel Files Another Appeal
Jan. 8, 2009
The Kennedy family cousin who was convicted in 2002 of the murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975 has filed another appeal for a new trial. This appeal is based on Michael Skakel's attorneys not being given two items of evidence prior to his criminal trial.

Judge Denies Michael Skakel's Appeal
Oct. 25, 2007
Michael Skakel's appeal for a new trial, based on a claim that two other men committed the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, has been rejected by a Superior Court judge. The appeal was based on a statement by Gitano "Tony" Bryant in 2003 that two of his friends killed the 15-year-old Moxley.

Skakel Seeks New Trial Again
April 16, 2007
Attorneys for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will be back in court again this week to try to get a new trial based on the statements of Gitano "Tony" Bryant, which prosecutors have called "a complete fabrication."

Supreme Court Nixes Skakel Appeal
Nov. 13, 2006
The U.S. Supreme Court refused, without comment, to hear the appeal in the case Skakel v. Connecticut. Skakel's attorney, Theodore Olson, had appealed his conviction based on statute of limitations.

Skakel Witness Refuses to Testify
Sept. 1, 2006
Gitano "Tony" Bryant invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when questioned by Skakel attorneys in Miami.

Michael Skakel Appeals to Supreme Court
July 12, 2006
His appeal is based on the argument that when Moxley was killed the statute of limitation in the state was five years and Skakel wasn't charged with the crime until 2000, an argument rejected by the state's highest court.

Skakel Wants Court's Help With Witness
June 30, 2006
Attorneys for convicted killer Michael Skakel have asked a judge to compel a man, recently implicated in the murder of Martha Moxley, to testify in depositions in the case and turn over his telephone and email records.

Attorneys Reveal Mystery Suspects
May 2, 2006
In court papers, Skakel's attorneys said Gitano "Tony" Bryant implicated two friends in the murder of Martha Moxley -- Adolf Hasbrouck and Burt Tinsley, who went to the same private school with Skakel.

Court Upholds Michael Skakel's Murder Conviction
Jan. 16, 2006
The Connecticut Supreme Court voted unanimously to uphold the conviction of Michael Skakel for the 1975 murder of his Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley.

Michael Skakel Asks For New Trial
Aug. 30, 2005
Attorneys for Michael Skakel have filed a petition for a new trial, claiming that prosecutors did not give the defense evidence that implicated other suspects in the Greenwich murder.

Court to Hear Michael Skakel Appeal
Jan. 14, 2005
The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments from Michael Skakel's attorneys that he should have been tried as a juvenile for the murder of Martha Moxley, which took place when he was a deeply disturbed, alcoholic 15-year-old.

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