HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on the Connecticut Supreme Court’s hearing of the Kennedy cousin murder case (all times local):
A hearing before the Connecticut Supreme Court over whether the murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel that was overturned in 2013 should be reinstated has ended.
Hubert Santos, Skakel’s attorney, told the court Wednesday that evidence in the case points to Skakel’s brother, Thomas, and Michael Skakel’s trial attorney didn’t do enough to pursue that possibility.
Thomas Skakel’s attorney has previously said that his client had nothing to do with Martha Moxley’s killing.
Robert Kennedy Jr. attended the hearing and told reporters outside the courthouse that he thinks two other men committed the crime.
Prosecutors are standing by their position that Michael Skakel killed Moxley and his trial attorney did a competent job.
The court did not rule.
An attorney for the state of Connecticut is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate a murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel that was overturned in 2013.
Skakel is seated in the gallery of the courtroom for Wednesday’s hearing, as is his cousin, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Arguments are expected to last about two hours.
Skakel was released in 2013 after a lower court judge ruled the trial lawyer did not provide an adequate defense to the charge that Skakel killed Martha Moxley in 1975 when they were teenage neighbors.
Prosecutors say Skakel’s trial lawyer followed a deliberate strategy and he should not be entitled to another trial.
The Connecticut Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether the murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel that was overturned in 2013 should be reinstated.
The case is scheduled to go before the justices Wednesday morning.
Skakel was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in the killing of Martha Moxley in 1975 when they were teenage neighbors. He was granted a new trial and freed on bail in 2013, after a lower court judge ruled his trial lawyer failed to argue that Skakel’s brother could have been responsible for the crime and failed to present a key alibi witness for Skakel.
State prosecutors are appealing that ruling and asking the Supreme Court to reinstate Skakel’s conviction.
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