Kennedy Cousin's Murder Conviction Reinstated

Michael Skakel expected to go back to prison
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2016 2:54 PM CST
In this April 18, 2013 file photo, Michael Skakel listens to his former defense attorney Mickey Sherman testify at Skakel's habeas corpus hearing at Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Conn.   (Jason Rearick/Hearst Connecticut Media Pool via AP, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Connecticut's highest court has reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, the AP reports. Skakel, who was convicted in 2002 of bludgeoning his neighbor Martha Moxley to death when both were 15 years old in 1975, had his conviction overturned in 2013 when a Superior Court judge ruled that Skakel's defense attorney had been inadequate. But the state appealed, and on Friday, the state Supreme Court rejected the lower court finding, ruling that the Skakel's representation was "constitutionally adequate," the Hartford Courant reports. The move sets the stage for Skakel, who was released after his conviction was overturned, to go back to prison. He was originally sentenced to 20 years to life. (Read more Michael Skakel stories.)

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