Attorneys request Michael Skakel's release from prison on bond

Michael Skakel was convicted in 2002 for killing his neighbor, Martha Moxley, in Greenwich back in 1975.

Michael Skakel was convicted in 2002 for killing his neighbor, Martha Moxley, in Greenwich back in 1975. (10/24/13)

NORWALK - One day after a judge granted convicted murderer Michael Skakel a new trial, his attorneys are now requesting his release from prison on bond.

Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 for the 1975 murder of his neighbor Martha Moxley in Greenwich. Judge Thomas Bishop ruled yesterday that Skakel's former attorney Mikey Sherman failed to properly represent him in his first trial.

Skakel's attorneys say he should now be released because he has a son and doesn't pose a threat to the public or the Moxley family. He's also agreed to be electronically monitored. They'll be asking for his bond to be set at a maximum of $500,000.

Attorney Michael Fitzpatrick, who served as an expert witness in Skakel's appeals trial, says the bail decision could take weeks to decide.

Moxley's mother told CNN last night that Skakel is guilty and should not be released from prison, saying letting him out would be a "huge mistake."
 

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