Granting of immunity narrows focus in '75 slay probe
By Associated Press, 08/07/98

STAMFORD, Conn. - Now that one of the three key suspects in the 1975 murder of a Greenwich teenager has been granted immunity, that leaves two main suspects: both of them nephews of slain US Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

By giving immunity to Kenneth Littleton, prosecutors appear to be zeroing in on Thomas and Michael Skakel in the death of 15-year-old Martha Moxley. Littleton, a former live-in tutor to the Skakel family, was once a primary suspect, along with the two brothers.

Although authorities for years focused on Thomas Skakel, then 17, a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that the grand jury is now looking more closely at Michael Skakel's activities the night of the murder.

Michael Skakel's lawyer, Michael Sherman, said the apparent elimination of Littleton as a suspect does not mean that the grand jury is focusing only on the Skakel brothers.

Michael Skakel was 15 when Moxley was bludgeoned to death with a golf club that was later traced to a set owned by the Skakel family.

The boys' father, Rushton Skakel, is the brother of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Kennedy.

This story ran on page B04 of the Boston Globe on 08/07/98.
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