Ex-detective honored for work on Moxley case
By Lindsay Faber -- Greenwich Time

Two days after the 26th anniversary of Martha Moxley's still-unresolved murder, retired Greenwich police detective Stephen Carroll received an honorary award for his maverick role in the case.

The Horseneck Republicans honored Carroll last night at Manero's Restaurant, for what group president Gordon Haave called his "willingness to stand by what's right even in the face of adversity."

Carroll, a detective in the Greenwich Police Department at the time of the 1975 murder, investigated the case for two years until he retired from the force. Facing the criticism of much of the department, he chose to take another look at the murder almost 20 years later by cooperating with author and former Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mark Fuhrman on "Murder in Greenwich," the 1998 book that names 41-year-old Michael Skakel as Moxley's murderer.

"I did what I thought should be done. If you tell the truth, you never have to remember what you say," Carroll said last night. "Some people didn't like it, but that's too bad. I only wish more of my colleagues were with me on it."

Dorthy Moxley, Martha Moxley's mother, came from her home in Chatham, N.J. to attend the event. Her daughter was 15 when she was killed in the family's Belle Haven neighborhood.

"There was a time when I thought nobody cared about Martha, so to see so many people here is exciting and overwhelming," Moxley said. "Steve is one of those people who got this going. What would we have done if he hadn't?"

Moxley spent the evening dining next to Dominick Dunne, the Vanity Fair writer and author of "A Season in Purgatory," another book based on the brutal murder.

"Steve Carroll is a man I truly, truly admire. He's a guy with integrity. He's fearless. He faced humiliation from the people he used to work with," Dunne said. "If I had to come 1,000 miles, I would have. I'm a big believer in the kind of policeman he is."

About 150 guests, including First Selectman Lolly Prince and Selectman Peter Crumbine, attended the event honoring Carroll. They mingled for an hour before sitting down to a meal of filet mignon or salmon while Carroll received a silver plaque recognizing his role in the case.

Currently, the state Supreme Court is weighing whether Skakel will be tried as an adult for allegedly killing Moxley, a childhood neighbor, when he was 15 years old.

Defense attorneys have said they hope to keep the case in juvenile court, where Skakel would face a sentence of four years in a rehabilitative facility, as opposed to 18 years-to-life if convicted as an adult.

State Supreme Court justices have given no indication when they will rule on Skakel's appeal of the transfer of his case to adult court, though lead defense attorney Michael Sherman said in late September that he expected the court to take two months to decide the issue.

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