Investigators' testimony in Moxley case still uncertain.
AP Story / The News-Times, Danbury, CT)
March 6, 1999

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A New York judge is considering whether a private investigator's interviews with two Kennedy nephews can be used by a Connecticut grand jury investigating the 1975 slaying of a Greenwich teen-ager.

Judge Michael Mullen in Riverhead, N.Y., heard testimony Friday. He said he expects to issue a ruling soon on whether the investigator, Willis Krebs, can be forced to testify before the grand jury sitting in Bridgeport.

Connecticut prosecutors want Krebs to testify about interviews he conducted with Thomas and Michael Skakel, two nephews of the late Robert F. Kennedy who have been identified as suspects in the murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley.

Krebs formerly worked for Sutton Associates, a Jericho, N.Y.-based firm hired by the Skakel family in 1992 to help prove the innocence of Thomas and Michael.

A Sutton report, however, revealed that both brothers had changed their stories about their movements the night of Moxley's murder, Oct. 30, 1975.

Although both boys maintained their innocence, their new accounts differed sharply from the accounts they gave to police in 1975.

Robert Gottlieb, an attorney representing the Skakels, told the judge that he should not honor the Connecticut subpoena, arguing that Krebs worked for the Skakels' attorneys.

``The judge should not be a party to the state's attorney's attempt to breach and violate the attorney-client privilege,'' Gottlieb said.

Prosecutors have argued that Sutton Associates was hired by the Skakel family, and that the material they gathered should be heard by the grand jury.

In January, a judge in Nassau County, N.Y., refused to honor a subpoena ordering the founder of Sutton Associates, James Murphy, to appear before the grand jury.

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