Moxley, 15, Greenwich CT, went out for some pre Halloween shenanigans
October 30, 1975. Martha's
Story -- The night before Halloween was commonly known as "mischief
night" or "doorbell night". Martha and her friends set out for
an night of harmless pranks; spraying shaving cream, throwing
eggs and toilet paper around the neighborhood before stopping
at the home of Tommy and Michael Skakel, the nephews of Ethel
Kennedy, widow of the late N.Y. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.. The
next day, Martha was found beaten to death in her own back yard,
the blows inflicted with a golf club. Michael said in a book
proposal that he
tried to kiss her on the fatal night.
the trial, a business owner in Miami, Tres Mills, former classmate
of Tony and Michael at Brunswick School in Greenwich, said two
friends were the killers. He gave this information to the prosecutors
and Michael's former defense lawyer, Mickey Sherman. Tony claims
Tres and his friends picked up golf clubs in the Skakel yard
to attack a girl "caveman style." They were talking about Martha.
Tony wanted no part of it and left Belle Haven shortly after
9 p.m. to return by train to New York. He learned of Martha's
murder the next day, and his friends admitted their role.
ask the jury to consider lesser charges against Skakel --
The prosecutors want the jury to consider manslaughter in the
1st degree by reason of extreme emotional disturbance. This
is not insanity, it's passion, grief, anger, an intense feeling.
Manslaughter one explains why a murder happened, and is usually
asked for by the defense. With murder, the state has the burden
of proof, but with manslaughter defense has the burden of proof.
Sutton Report -- Report allegedly commissioned in 1992
from Sutton Associates, a detective agency, by Rushton Skakel,
Michael's father, to investigate the murder.
Murder Case That Just Wouldn't Go Away -- What may have
held back the investigation also may have been what kept it
years after Martha was beaten to death with a golf club,
her neighbor, Michael, stood accused. He maintained his innocence,
but former classmates say he confessed to the shocking crime. A
former resident of a Maine reform school Michael Skakel attended
in the 1970's told her his brother had a romantic encounter
with his 'girlfriend.'
after the murder of Martha, there is a verdict.. Follow
the case and learn about key figures in this case.
Michael was tried on
virtually no evidence and convicted for the murder of Martha
and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. The van is pulled
way from the courthouse with Michael shackled. He is being taken
to Bridgeport Correctional Facility, people
clapped as the van left.
prosecutors, it came down to tale of tapes
Trial and Case Update
John Moxley Discuss Skakel's Sentence.
of Greenwich -- Robert Kennedy Jr. talks about new clues
and possible new suspects in the murder. Two young men were
allegedly in the gated Belle Haven community in Greenwich,
Conn., the night of the murder. He also elicited details from
Clues In Moxley Case
Seeley, defense lawyer for Skakel said September 6, 2003, her
client will seek a new trial based on new evidence focusing
on Gitano "Tony" Bryant, cousin of NBA player Kobe Bryant.
Seeks New Trial
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