A Connecticut judge has ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel, the nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, who was convicted of murder in 2002.
Skakel, 53, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison and has been fighting for years to have his conviction overturned; his past attempts had been denied.
Skakel, who’s spent more than a decade behind bars, was accused of killing 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club in 1975. Twenty-seven years after her death, he was tried and convicted as an adult.
In a lengthy opinion Wednesday, Connecticut Appellate Judge Thomas Bishop ruled that defense attorney Michael Sherman’s representation of Skakel was “constitutionally deficient.”
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