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Kennedy Cousin Granted Bail as He Awaits New Trial

Updated: Thursday, November 21 2013, 12:23 PM EST
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel has been granted bail while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling that gives him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.
   
Skakel was granted bail Thursday after a bond hearing in Stamford Superior Court and was expected to be released shortly after. He had been serving 20 years to life.
   
A judge ruled last month that Skakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted in Moxley's golf club bludgeoning in wealthy Greenwich when they were 15.
   
Judge Thomas Bishop said Sherman failed to locate a witness who backed up Skakel's alibi that he was at his cousin's house the night of the murder and failed to find a man who challenged the claim by a star witness that Skakel confessed.

Prosecutors and Sherman defended his handling of the case.

Skakel is the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy. Robert Kennedy Jr. had said as the release was pending that he feels "pure joy" and has said his cousin is innocent.
   
Moxley's mother has said she remains convinced Skakel is guilty.

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