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Update 4:30pm EST
Prosecutors in Connecticut are closing the door to the 45-year-old murder case involving Kennedy’s cousin Michael Skakel, who was previously accused of bringing his 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley (Martha Moxley) ) Beat to death, Greenwich.
Chief Governor’s Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. (Richard Colangelo Jr.) said on Friday that exactly 45 years after Moxley’s death, the state will not hold Skakel trial.
His office confirmed to NPR that, at the Stanford High Court hearing, Corlangelo filed a so-called “nolle”-a legal statement that allowed the case to be dismissed after 13 months.
His office said that the decision was made after Colangelo reviewed the case and found that out of 51 potential prosecution witnesses, 17 were dead, making it difficult to prove the case without question.
This decision effectively ended the case that has attracted widespread public attention for decades, partly due to the Skakel family’s wealth and the harsh details of the cruel crime.
Skakel’s criminal defense attorney Stephan Seeger said after the hearing: “Today is a good day for justice.” The state’s case against his client was “small from the beginning.”
Skakel was convicted of murder in 2002 Since the state judge dropped his conviction in 2013, he has been released on bail. Supreme Court Judge Thomas Bishop ruled at the time that the trial defense proposed by Skakel’s original lawyer was flawed and required a retrial. Such a blank in the defense was the failure to summon Skakel’s alibi.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a new trial in 2018. Seeger said his office is working hard to prepare for the trial before Friday’s hearing.
Seeger said that Colangelo’s decision not to proceed with the second trial also came from his efforts to show prosecutors the loopholes in the Skakel case, which he said included suspicious non-existent witnesses and evidence that might reasonably point to other potential suspects.
In 1975, Moxley was found dead in the affluent Greenwich suburb of Connecticut. She was beaten by a golf club, which was later found to belong to the Skakel family and stabbed by a broken metal rod.
The case lasted for 25 years, until Skakel was arrested in 2000. Skakel was also 15 years old at the time of the murder.
Skeker, 60, is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy.