Skakel Buys Home In New York
The Associated Press
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Michael Skakel, the Kennedy cousin accused of the
1975 murder of Greenwich teen-ager Martha Moxley, recently bought a home
in New York state, The Hartford Courant reported Saturday.
Skakel's new property, in Windham, N.Y., is less than 100 miles from
Stamford Superior Court, where a judge is deciding whether he will face
trial in the slaying of his former 15-year-old neighbor. Skakel has been
commuting to court appearances from his home in Hobe Sound, Fla.
Skakel purchased the three-bedroom home on May 19 for $290,000.
The Skakel name is well known in Windham, a ski resort community where
both Michael Skakel and his father, Rushton W. Skakel Sr., met their
But that doesn't mean Skakel has been welcomed there with open arms.
''The general consensus is that he got away with murder for many
years,'' said Bobbie Jacobs, a restaurant bartender who used to serve
members of the large Skakel family on their regular visits to Windham to
Skakel was arrested for drunken driving in the town in 1978. That
arrest led to his enrollment in the Elan School, a treatment center in
Maine, where prosecutors claim he admitted killing Moxley.
Connecticut Superior Court Judge Maureen Dennis has not indicated when
she will issue a ruling based on legal arguments and three days of
testimony she heard in June in Stamford.
Dennis must decide whether there is probable cause to try Skakel for
murder. If so, she must further decide whether to try him as an adult or
under 1975 statutes pertaining to juveniles.
A conviction as an adult could carry a maximum sentence of 60 years in
prison; it is unclear what punishment, if any, Skakel would face if
tried and convicted as a juvenile under 1975 laws.