Kennedy kin has June 20 court date
By DeeDee Correll
Daily Times-Call - Longmont, Colorado

LONGMONT - The decision about whether to treat a middle-aged man as an adult or the boy he was when Martha Moxley was murdered in 1975 will be made later this month.

Arraigned in March as a juvenile, 39-year-old Michael Skakel will appear in state Superior Court in Stamford, Conn., on June 20 for a probable-cause hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try him for murder.

At that time, the judge also will decide whether the case should be handled in juvenile or adult court. Like Moxley, he was 15 at the time of the murder.

"It was a heinous, brutal crime. He should be tried as an adult," said retired Greenwich police Detective Steve Carroll.

For Carroll, who began investigating an attack he describes as "maniacal" on Halloween a quarter of a century ago, the events of the last several months have been a long time coming.

"It was a dead issue. All of a sudden, this thing has come up again," Carroll said. "I'm grateful for it. I believe in accountability. I really and truly believe nobody should get away with anything."

But Skakel's arrest doesn't spell the end of the story, Carroll said.

"I wish it was a little further along," he said.

Whether the prosecution will present physical evidence is unknown.

"It doesn't seem as though they have DNA evidence," said Timothy Dumas, author of "A Wealth of Evil," a non-fiction account of Moxley's murder.

"We have some idea, but we don't know the state's case in its entirety," he said. "People are saying they have a weak case."

Skakel's attorney behaves as though that's true, Carroll said.

"He seems pretty positive and cocky that he'll succeed," he said.

In 1975, critical mistakes were made, including the failure of the medical examiner to investigate at the scene, Carroll said. Instead, the girl's body was removed from the scene and taken to a local morgue.

A trial will likely include testimony from former classmates of Skakel at a substance-abuse treatment center who have said that Skakel told them he killed Martha. Those patients, who were at the center with Skakel between 1978 and 1980, came forward in the 1990s.

So has a man who was Skakel's best friend when they were boys, Carroll said.

"He does feel Michael could be responsible," Carroll said.

The man said that when he went to Skakel's house on the day after Moxley's murder, he found his friend accompanied by a "man in a suit," Carroll said.

"Michael came outside and said, 'They found Martha dead.' Right out behind Michael comes a man in a suit. He told this young man, 'Don't bother coming over, because Michael's not going to be around,'" Carroll said.

Before police ever arrived to talk to the Skakels, Carroll believes, the family had already summoned "a slew of lawyers" to deal with the situation.

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