Crime author Mark Fuhrman predicts
Skakel's prison sentence
PASADENA, Calif. - Crime author Mark Fuhrman says he believes more than one member of the Skakel family should go to prison for the murder of Martha Moxley.
Fuhrman said Tuesday he believes relatives of Michael Skakel were involved in covering up his involvement in Moxley's 1975 murder.
Skakel, 41, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted last month of beating Moxley to death with a golf club when they were 15-year-old neighbors in wealthy Greenwich, Conn.
``His family abandoned him to protect their name,'' Fuhrman said. ``They had to know full well Michael was involved in the murder. Most of those people should be indicted, most of those people should be right next to him (in prison).''
Skakel faces between 10 years to life when he is sentenced Aug. 9.
Skakel has maintained his innocence. He is being held at Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, Conn. Defense lawyers have filed post-verdict motions raising numerous challenges to the conviction and are expected to file an appeal after sentencing.
``I expect he's going to get 25 years to life,'' Fuhrman said. ``I don't think this judge is keen on him.''
Fuhrman said he thinks more details on the family's alleged involvement will begin trickling out after Skakel's sentencing.
``I think he's going to be a little angry with them,'' he told the Television Critics Association. ``There's a lot of people who were involved in this cover-up. It wasn't just a 15-year-old kid.''
Fuhrman, the former Los Angeles police detective known for his role in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, wrote ``Murder in Greenwich,'' the only book on the case to allege Michael Skakel committed Moxley's murder.
His book is being made into a two-hour movie to air this fall on USA Network. Christopher Meloni, who stars in the series ``Law and Order: SUV'' and ``Oz,'' will play Fuhrman.