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High court won’t take case of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel


WASHINGTON — The mother of 1975 homicide victim Martha Moxley says she’s disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a ruling that vacated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction in her daughter’s death.

Eighty-six-year-old Dorthy Moxley said Monday that she wants to see Skakel back in prison and will support whatever decision Connecticut prosecutors make about whether to retry Skakel.

Martha Moxley was bludgeoned to death with a golf club in 1975, when she and Skakel were teenage neighbors in a wealthy Greenwich enclave.

The Supreme Court on Monday declined a request by Connecticut prosecutors to hear their appeal.

The Connecticut Supreme Court vacated Skakel’s 2002 conviction in May, saying his trial lawyer failed to present an additional alibi witness.

Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy.

The State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice released the following statement on Monday morning:

We appreciate the Supreme Court’s consideration of the State’s petition. Any further comment on the matter will be made to the court to which the case will be returned and only after the Moxley family has been informed. We extend our condolences to Mrs. Moxley and her family on their tragic loss.

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