- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 14, 2002

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Attorneys for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel played videotaped interviews yesterday they said implicated his childhood tutor in the 1975 slaying of Mr. Skakel's 15-year-old neighbor.
The jury in Mr. Skakel's murder trial saw a 1992 interview with the tutor, Kenneth Littleton, that was conducted by a state-retained psychologist as part of the murder investigation. The prosecution dismissed the tape as booze-fueled hearsay repudiated by the original source.
On the tape, the psychologist asks Mr. Littleton about statements to his ex-wife during a 1984 alcohol-induced blackout. Mr. Skakel's defense attorney, Michael Sherman, yesterday asked Mr. Littleton what he told the doctor.
"I did it," Mr. Littleton replied.
"And, when you say 'I did it,' you are talking about that you committed the murder of Martha Moxley?" Mr. Sherman asked.
"Correct," Mr. Littleton said.
But under questioning by prosecutors, the tutor denied committing the crime.
"Did you kill Martha Moxley?" prosecutor Jonathan Benedict asked Mr. Littleton.
"No, I did not," Mr. Littleton said.
Mr. Skakel, now 41, and Miss Moxley were 15-year-old neighbors in a wealthy, gated Greenwich community when Miss Moxley was fatally beaten with a golf club. Mr. Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, could face life in prison if convicted.
Mr. Sherman also asked about taped conversations between Mr. Littleton and his ex-wife, Mary Baker.
"Did you ever tell Mary that you stabbed Martha Moxley through the neck?" Mr. Sherman asked.
"Yes," Mr. Littleton said.
But prosecutors called Mrs. Baker, who testified that she was lying when she told Mr. Littleton he had confessed during the blackout. At the time, Mr. Littleton was a suspect and Mrs. Baker was working with police.
Mr. Sherman pressed Mrs. Baker on why she had lied to Mr. Littleton if she thought he was innocent. Mrs. Baker said she thought cooperating with police was the right thing to do.
Mr. Littleton has immunity from prosecution because he was compelled to testify to a one-judge grand jury that investigated the murder and recommended Mr. Skakel be charged.


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