Kennedy Cousin Skakel Granted New Murder Trial

Michael Skakel was convicted of the 1975 murder of his neighbor in 2002.
3:00 | 10/24/13

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A big reversal in the famous kennedy family murder case. That's where we begin this morning. We're talking about kennedy cousin, michael skakel. He's been in prison more than ten years now, convicted of killing his neighbor. Now, a judge is granting him a new trial. In a stunning reversal of fortune, a connecticut judge has thrown out the 2002 murder conviction of michael skakel, granting him a new trial, because his attorney failed to adequately represent him. Skakel, the nephew of rfk widow, ethel kennedy, is serving a sentence for the murder of 15-year-old martha moxley. Not charged until 25 years after the crime was committed, skakel has always maintained his innocence. What I do every day, is pray to god and to martha, that whoever did this crime is brought to justice. Reporter: Skakel's current attorney, hubert santos, argued that his trial attorney, mickey sherman, failed to present crucial evidence, and was too enamored with the media. He was occupied with glitter and the celebrity. He said to the bar association when he spoke to them, he intended to have a lot of fun on this case. And there was a man's life at stake. Reporter: In wednesday's ruling, the judge said of skakel's trial attorney, failures were significant and did not provide a constitutionally adequate defense. His only crime was having a bad lawyer. Reporter: This morning, connecticut prosecutors say they will appeal this ruling. Skakel's attorneys are reportedly filing a motion for bail. There is a distinct possibility that this week could be the last week that michael skakel does any jail time. And martha moxley's mother says the judge's ruling does nothing to change her mind about who murdered her daughter.

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