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

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.

Judge won't hear bail request for Michael Skakel

VERNON, Conn., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A Connecticut judge Wednesday lifted the stay on his ruling that Michael Skakel should have a new trial in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.
Lawyers debate bail for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel

Lawyers debate bail for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel

VERNON, Conn., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The Connecticut judge who threw out the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel is now considering whether to grant him bail.

Ethel Kennedy's nephew wins new trial for 1975 killing

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Connecticut judge Wednesday ordered a new trial for Kennedy relative Michael Skakel, ruling the lawyer who defended him in 2002 was ineffective.

Kennedy clan member's trial lawyer defends methods

ROCKVILLE, Conn., April 16 (UPI) -- The trial lawyer for Michael Skakel, a Kennedy clan member challenging his murder conviction, defended his defense of Skakel in a Connecticut court Tuesday.

John Skakel to seek new trial for 1975 killing of Martha Moxley

GREENWICH, Conn., April 14 (UPI) -- Lawyers said they will ask for a new trial for Michael Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, in the 1975 slaying of Martha Moxley in Connecticut.
Kennedy cousin Skakel denied parole

Kennedy cousin Skakel denied parole

SUFFIELD, Conn., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, imprisoned for 10 years for the 1975 killing of Martha Moxley, was denied parole Wednesday.

Mother vows to fight Skakel's parole

SUFFIELD, Conn., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The mother of a girl beaten to death in 1975 says she will do whatever she can to keep Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel behind bars.

Kennedy nephew asks for prison reduction

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Connecticut lawyers argued Tuesday for a reduction in the 20-year prison sentence of convicted killer Michael Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy.
Kennedy cousin denied new homicide trial

Kennedy cousin denied new homicide trial

HARTFORD, Conn., April 12 (UPI) -- The Connecticut Supreme Court Monday refused to grant a new trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, convicted of murdering his 15-year-old neighbor.

Judge denies new trial for Michael Skakel

STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Michael Skakel’s bid for a new trial was rejected by a Connecticut judge who dismissed his claim there was enough new evidence to warrant a second trial.

High court rejects Skakel case

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review the case of Ethel Kennedy's nephew, who was convicted in 2002 of killing a neighbor years earlier.

Skakel wants high court to hear his appeal

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- Convicted killer Michael Skakel's attorney want the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

Skakel re-appeals conviction to high court

HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Convicted killer Michael Skakel is asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to reconsider an appeal in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

Skakel juror no longer sure

DARIEN, Conn., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Darien, Conn., juror who helped convict Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel of a 1975 murder has said he now has doubts, the Boston Herald reported Sunday.
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Michael Skakel
WAX2002082901-WASHINGTON, AUG. 29 (UPI) -- Michael Skakel, a cousin of the Kennedy's, who was found guilty on June 7, 2002 on murder charges for the 1975 death of neighbor Martha Moxley, was sentenced Thursday , Aug. 29, 2002 , to 20 years to life in prison. file photo: March 2000 .jg/mk/ep/Laura Cavanaugh UPI

Michael C. Skakel (born September 19, 1960) was convicted in 2002 of the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, his fifteen-year-old neighbor in Greenwich, Connecticut. Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Michael Skakel was one of six children born to Rushton and Anne Reynolds Skakel. The family lived in the neighborhood of Belle Haven in Greenwich, Connecticut. After his mother's death from brain cancer in 1973, Skakel became an alcoholic and had difficulties at school. His cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr. later wrote that Skakel was a "small sensitive child -- the runt of the litter with a harsh and occasionally violent alcoholic father who both ignored and abused him."

In 1978, Skakel was arrested for drunken driving in New York. To avoid criminal charges, Skakel's family sent him to the Elan School in Poland Spring, Maine where he received treatment for his addiction. He left the school after two years and spent much of the 1980s competing on the national speed skiing circuit. In 1993, he graduated from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts and worked as a driver for Ted Kennedy's 1994 reelection campaign. Later that year he took a job working for his cousin Michael Kennedy at the Citizens Energy Corporation as director of international programs.

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