"Lee Gives Moxley Testimony"
By J.A. Johnson Jr., Staff Writer, Greenwich Time

BRIDGEPORT - Public Safety Commissioner Henry Lee spent more than an hour behind closed doors yesterday telling a grand jury what he knows about the night 15- year-old Martha Moxley of Greenwich was brutally murdered with a golf club 23 years ago.

Lee spent two years - from 1992 to 1994 - examining all the physical evidence in the case and reconstructing the Walsh Lane crime scene after a full reinvestigation of the 1975 murder was launched and Lee was heading the State Police Forensic Science Laboratory.

Tapped to run the state police earlier this year, Lee did not speak with reporters either before entering the sealed grand jury room in the Fairfield County Courthouse or upon leaving 75 minutes later.

But in an interview Thursday, the renowned forensic scientist told Greenwich Time he expected to be testifying about his work on the case, which he said helped establish a much more precise sequence of events that occurred the evening of Oct. 30, 1975.

"As a matter of fact, the investigators think the reconstruction answered a lot of questions they previously didn't have answers to," he said.

Immediately before Lee entered the grand jury room, state Inspector Frank Garr, lead investigator on the Moxley case who was also part of the murder reinvestigation before retiring as a Greenwich detective, said the scientist's involvement significantly benefited the investigation. "Through Dr. Lee's efforts, we were able to learn a lot more about the activity at the crime scene," Garr said. "We got a much better picture of what took place."

Lee's involvement came as a result of the reinvestigation that was launched in 1991 by then-State's Attorney Donald Browne, who announced newly developed - although never disclosed - information warranted a renewed probe. Using a team of six scientists at the state police's Meriden laboratory, Lee compiled a 6- inch-thick report containing findings from evidence tests and the crime scene reconstruction. The contents of the report were never disclosed, and Lee on Thursday declined to discuss his findings because of the ongoing homicide investigation.

But in a 1994 interview with Greenwich Time, Lee said among the evidence analyzed was hair found at the Walsh Lane murder scene that possibly came from the killer. He also said the hair was compared with samples from someone he would not identify, but there was no match. Some evidence from the Moxley case was sent to a U.S. Defense Department laboratory for advanced DNA testing, the results of which were not made public.

The only other physical evidence known to have been recovered was portions of the murder weapon, a golf club that was either intentionally broken or shattered when used by the killer to bludgeon and stab Moxley. Police said the golf club came from a set of clubs owned by the Skakel family, who were neighbors of the Moxleys in the town's exclusive Belle Haven section. Two of the Skakel's seven children are the only suspects being investigated for the murder, officials have said. Thomas and Michael Skakel, then 17 and 15 years old, respectively, were both with their 15-year-old neighbor the night she was slain.

The only part of the murder weapon that police said was never recovered was the grip portion of the golf club's handle, on which the killer's fingerprints might have been found.

The grand jury that has been probing the murder since July has heard the testimony of witnesses who allegedly heard Michael Skakel confess to the crime during his stay at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility a few years after the murder.

It was unknown yesterday when testimony would resume.