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Judge Orders Retrial for Michael Skakel in Martha Moxley Murder

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.

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Michael Skakel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975.
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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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