Kennedy Cousin Granted Bail Pending New Trial

STAMFORD, Conn. (November 21, 2013) Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was granted bail Thursday while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling that gives him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of his teenage neighbor Martha Moxley.

His bond was set at $1.2 million during a hearing Thursday in Stamford Superior Court and he was expected to be released shortly afterward.

He was serving 20 years to life when he was granted a new trial.

A judge ruled last month that Skakel's attorney failed to represent him adequately in 2002 when he was convicted in Moxley's golf club bludgeoning in wealthy Greenwich, Conn., when they were 15.

Skakel, 53, is the nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy.

Robert Kennedy, Jr. had said as the release was pending that he feels "pure joy" and has said his cousin is innocent.

Moxley's mother has said she remains convinced Skakel is guilty.


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