Prosecutors seek samples from Skakel
By Eve Sullivan - Greenwich Time

STAMFORD -- The state has filed a motion to obtain blood and hair samples from Michael Skakel, who has been charged with murder in the 1975 beating death of 15-year-old Greenwich resident Martha Moxley.

Attorney Michael Sherman of Stamford, who represents Skakel, 41, said his client will comply with the motion, filed Tuesday in state Superior Court in Stamford.

"They are apparently going to test and retest some things that they have had for some 26 years," Sherman said. "We have no problem with that."

Sherman said he knows what items the state wants to test, but did not identify them.

"The state has been very up-front with me by telling me what they are doing and asking for our agreement in what they are doing," he said.

When reached at home last night, State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict said he was not allowed to comment on the case because of a court order. He said the motion speaks for itself.

"It's really just part of trial preparation, it's not likely to have any significance," Benedict said.

Moxley was found bludgeoned to death with a golf club behind her Greenwich home Oct. 31, 1975. The golf club matched a set found in the Skakel family home. Both families lived in the exclusive Belle Haven neighborhood.

Skakel's brother, Thomas, then 17, became one of the prime suspects in the murder. Michael Skakel, then 15, did not become a prime suspect until new evidence surfaced in the 1990s.

A grand jury concluded the evidence showed probable cause to arrest Michael Skakel, who was charged in January 2000.

Sherman said this is the first time prosecutors have requested taking blood or hair samples from his client.

"They never asked for anything," he said.

Skakel originally was charged as a juvenile. His case was transferred to adult court.

Sherman appealed to the state Supreme Court to have the case returned to juvenile court. The appeal was denied in November.

In juvenile court, Skakel would have faced a maximum of four years in a rehabilitative facility; he faces 18 years to life in prison if convicted in adult court.

Skakel has pleaded not guilty to the crime; jury selection for the trial is to begin April 2.

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