Moxley judge to rule on statement
By DANIEL TEPFER, Staff writer
Thursday, December 10, 1998

BRIDGEPORT _ A Superior Court judge is expected to decide today whether the state may use statements allegedly made by a nephew of Ethel and Robert Kennedy at a Maine school/drug treatment center about the murder of a Greenwich girl more than 20 years ago.

Judge Edward Stodolink said he will review legal arguments this morning and expects to issue his decision at 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict argued that he should be allowed to use the statements Michael Skakel made to staff members and fellow residents at the Elan School in the late 1970s. However, lawyers for the school and Skakel claim anything said by Skakel at the school is protected by psychiatrist-patient privilege.

Fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club Oct. 30, 1975, on the grounds of her family home in the gated community of Belle Haven in Greenwich. No one has been charged.

Investigators have said their suspects include Kennedy nephews Michael Skakel and his brother, Thomas.

Michael, then 15, and Thomas, then 17, were among a group of friends who were with Martha the night she was murdered. The golf club used to kill her was matched to a set owned by the Skakels.

Michael and Thomas Skakel maintain their innocence.

A one-man grand jury, Superior Court Judge George Thim, is investigating the case.