facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Michael Skakel posts $1.2 million bail, freed after decade in prison

Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM   |   Comments

STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Bail was set at $1.2 million Thursday for Michael Skakel, the Kennedy cousin sent to prison in 2002 for killing a neighbor in Greenwich, Conn., years earlier.

Skakel posted the bond immediately in Superior Court in Stamford, Conn., The (Stamford) Advocate reported. His lawyers had asked the court to set bail at $700,000.

Skakel, 53, was convicted of murder 27 years after the body of Martha Moxley was found in the upscale neighborhood where both families lived. At the time of the killing, both Skakel and Moxley were 15.

The court ordered Skakel to remain under GPS monitoring and to stay away from Moxley's relatives.

Skakel was the nephew of Ethel Kennedy and her husband, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. His supporters included his cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who said Skakel helped him when both were struggling as adults with substance abuse problems.

"This is the first step in correcting a terrible wrong. We look forward to Michael being vindicated and justice finally being served," Skakel's family said in a statement after bail was set. "We are thankful to God that after 11 and one half years he will be reunited with his son. We are grateful for the love and prayers of Michael's many supporters who have sustained him through this ordeal."

A judge vacated Skakel's conviction and ordered a new trial last month, ruling that his lawyer at his 2002 trial had presented a woefully inadequate defense.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
3
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
4
Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven' Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven'
5
Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback