No immediate release for Kennedy cousin Skakel
VERNON | A judge said Wednesday that Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel cannot be released immediately while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.
But Judge Thomas Bishop did lift a stay, which could clear the way for Mr. Skakel to seek bail later. Prosecutors can appeal the decision on the stay, which likely would keep Mr. Skakel behind bars for the time being.
Judge Bishop ruled Oct. 23 that Mr. Skakel’s trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was found guilty in Martha’s golf club bludgeoning. Mr. Skakel and Martha were 15 at the time of her death. Mr. Skakel’s attorneys want him to be freed while awaiting a retrial.