Skakel blames lawyer in latest Conn. murder appeal

7:58 PM, Apr 14, 2013   |    comments
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel is trying to get his 2002 Connecticut murder conviction overturned by arguing his trial attorney failed to competently defend him.

A trial starts Tuesday in Rockville Superior Court in the latest appeal by Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel. Skakel is serving 20 years to life for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of his Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley when they were 15.

The trial is reigniting a debate over the strength of the evidence in the sensational case.

Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, argues Skakel's conviction is based on two witnesses of dubious credibility who claimed Skakel confessed.

Prosecutors say Skakel's conviction came after more than a dozen witnesses testified he made incriminating statements, including three direct confessions.


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