- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 20, 2001

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel yesterday, clearing the way for his murder trial in the 1975 beating death of a Greenwich neighbor when both were teen-agers.
In a unanimous decision, the justices dismissed Mr. Skakel's bid to have his case transferred to juvenile court. No trial date has been set.
Fairfield County State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict said he was pleased with the ruling and looks forward to bringing the case to trial.
"The case is 26 years old now, and I think both parties feel strongly that it is something that needs to get resolved pretty quickly."
The defense said it could still appeal on the juvenile court issue later.
"It's not a loss," said Michael Sherman, Mr. Skakel's attorney. "They're telling us to come back when there is a decision to appeal."
Mr. Skakel, a nephew of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is charged with the murder of Martha Moxley, a neighbor who was beaten to death with a golf club. Mr. Skakel and Miss Moxley were 15 at the time.
Mr. Skakel is now 41. He was charged in January 2000 and was arraigned as a juvenile because of his age at the time of the killing.


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