No im­me­di­ate re­lease for Kennedy cousin Skakel

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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.

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