Court Agrees to Hear Skakel Appeal
The Associated Press

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction and denial of bail, lawyers said Wednesday.

Skakel's appeals were transferred to the state's highest court Tuesday, bypassing the Appeals Court and expediting the process.

Skakel, a nephew of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was convicted in June of beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in Greenwich when they were 15-year-old neighbors in 1975. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison last month.

His attorneys have cited numerous issues they plan to raise on appeal, including a statute of limitations and the transfer of the case from juvenile to adult court.

Skakel, 42, also has asked the court to review a judge's decision to deny him bond while he appeals the conviction. He is currently in prison.

The Supreme Court has already heard arguments on the juvenile transfer issue before the trial, but it declined to rule before a verdict had been reached.

A formal appeal is expected to be filed in a few months. Arguments are not expected until early next year.

It's unclear when the court will rule on Skakel's bail request.



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