Michael Skakel Guilty Verdict Reinstated at Connecticut's Highest Court

The Kennedy cousin was found guilty of killing Martha Moxley as a teenager in 1975.
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Now to breaking developments in a murder case making headlines for decades. Michael skakel, his conviction reinstated. The case, in and out of court for years. David Wright on the newest twist. Reporter: Tonight, a cousin of the Kennedy clan is a convicted murderer again. Michael skakel, Ethel Kennedy's nephew, was convicted in 2002 of bludgeoning his greenwich, Connecticut, neighbor Martha Moxley to death in 1975, when they were both 15 years old. But a lower court threw the conviction out on the grounds that skakel's trial lawyer botched his defense. Robert Kennedy Jr. Strongly supports his cousin. He had a terrible lawyer. He didn't get a fair trial and he's not guilty. Reporter: But late today, a divided state supreme court disagreed, reinstating skakel's conviction. The vote, 4 -- 3 the 15-year-old Moxley was struck repeatedly in the head with a golf club belonging to the skakel family. No forensic evidence tied Michael skakel to the murder, but he made incriminating statements to prep school classmates. Moxley's mother believed skakel was guilty. Michael skakel got a fair trial. I really believe that. Reporter: Skakel was sentenced to 20 years to life and served more than a decade before his release. Now, he's likely headed back to prison. David Wright, ABC news, new York.

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