Kennedy Cousin Gets First Parole Hearing

SUFFIELD, Conn. (October 24, 2012)--Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will appear Wednesday at his first parole hearing to determine whether he should be released from prison a decade after he was convicted of killing his neighbor.

Skakel is serving 20 years to life for beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in 1975 in Greenwich when they were both 15.

Skakel is a nephew of Ethel Kennedy.

The hearing will be held Wednesday at McDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield.

Skakel's supporters say he deserves to be released from prison because he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice and has been a model inmate, but the victim's relatives want Skakel kept in prison for life, saying he was properly convicted.

Officials say Skakel is eligible for release in April if parole officials approve it.

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