Did Michael Skakel have help?
(Norwalk-AP Oct. 6, 2002 8:00 AM) _ Michael Skakel's
murder conviction ended a 27-year-old mystery, but the
Kennedy cousin's trial failed to answer a question
that has long intrigued authorities, the victim's
family and observers.
Could a teenager have the presence of mind to cover
up such a messy crime without any help?
Skakel was convicted in June of beating Martha Moxley
to death with a golf club in 1975 in Greenwich when
they were 15-year-old neighbors. The 42-year-old
Skakel was sentenced in August to 20 years to life in
Moxley's body was dragged more than 80 feet across
her property to a pine tree. The handle to the
shattered golf club and her attacker's bloody clothes
were never recovered.
Prosecutor Jonathan Benedict says there has always
been a theory that after the fact somebody helped
clean up and cover up the crime scene.
But Benedict says a statute of limitations and lack
of evidence prevents any further prosecution.