Michael Skakel Supreme Court Request from State to Hear Case (Reports).
The U.S. Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that vacated a murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.
The high court on Monday declined a request from the state of Connecticut to hear the case.
Skakel was convicted in 2002 after decades of investigations into the 1975 bludgeoning death of 15-year-old Martha Moxley, who lived across the street from the Skakel family in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Her body was found in her family’s backyard. Skakel and Moxley were both 15 when she was killed.
“We appreciate the Supreme Court’s consideration of the State’s petition. Any further comment on the matter will be made to the court to which the case will be returned and only after the Moxley family has been informed. We extend our condolences to Mrs. Moxley and her family on their tragic loss,” the State Of Connecticut Division Of Criminal Justice said in a statement.
Martha Moxley’s mother, 86-year-old Dorthy Moxley, said she is disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, wants to see Skakel back in prison and will support whatever decision Connecticut prosecutors make about whether to retry Skakel.
Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy. His lawyers said he was miles away at the likely time Moxley was killed.