Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Released Today on $1.2 Million Bond

Nov 21, 2013

Michael Skakel in court on Thursday.
Credit CT-N

Michael Skakel walked out of Stamford Superior Court this afternoon after posting a $1.2 million dollar bond. He has served eleven years in prison after being convicted in the 1975 death of Greenwich neighbor, Martha Moxley when they were 15.

His attorney, Hubert Santos, told the reporters after the bail hearing in Stamford that there were two tragedies that occurred in Greenwich, CT in 1975. He said the first one being that Martha Moxley was murdered. The other was in 2002 when Santos said Skakel, "was convicted of the murder of Martha Moxley, a murder he did not commit."

Skakel is free after Judge Thomas Bishop ruled last month that Skakel's original trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted in the bludgeoning death of Moxley with a golf club. They were neighbors in the wealthy town of Greenwich at the time of her murder.

Martha Moxley's mother, Dorothy, spoke outside the courthouse after the bail hearing. She said, "Michael is still a convicted criminal and the whole thing didn't have to be this way. It's a lesson to parents, if your child does something wrong , face up to it."

Skakel is the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy. He had been serving 20 years to life in the death of Moxley. 

The state is appealing the decision for a new trial.