Brother of Ethel Kennedy to testify
Sept. 9 before Moxley grand jury
By Associated Press, 08/31/99 16:23

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The elderly brother of Ethel Kennedy is scheduled to testify next week before a Bridgeport grand jury investigating a 1975 slaying in which two of his sons are suspects.

Lawyers for Rushton Skakel Sr., 75, of Hobe Sound, Fla., originally fought a subpoena issued by Connecticut prosecutors, arguing that Skakel has a form of dementia and is unfit to testify about the killing of 15-year-old Martha Moxley.

But a Florida appeals court ruled in July that he must testify. Skakel did not appeal that decision. He is now scheduled to appear before the grand jury on Sept. 9.

Skakel's sons, Thomas and Michael Skakel, have been identified by authorities as suspects in Moxley's killing. The girl, who lived across the street from the Skakel family in the exclusive Belle Haven section of Greenwich, was beaten to death with a golf club. The 6-iron used to kill her was later matched to a set owned by the Skakel family.

Both brothers have denied any involvement in Moxley's death.

In court documents, Bridgeport State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict claims that during a conversation with a former neighbor, the elder Skakel ''had discussed his concerns about members of his family's possible involvement with this murder.''

Skakel's lawyer, Richard Lubin, insisted that he will be unable to provide the one-man grand jury with any cogent testimony.

''He is not competent as a witness, and so they will get to question him, and then they'll see for themselves,'' Lubin said Tuesday.

''He doesn't remember the names of his grandchildren, let alone anything about this case.''

Benedict could not be reached for comment. A message was left at his office.