STAMFORD - Convicted murderer and Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel could be released from prison as early as today after a bond hearing in Stamford Superior Court.

A judge made a dramatic reversal last month and granted Skakel a new trial, saying his attorney Mickey Sherman failed to properly represent him in 2002 when he was convicted. The ruling came after years of unsuccessful appeals by Skakel.

Skakel is accused of beating his neighbor Martha Moxley to death with a gold club outside of her Greenwich home in 1975, when the two were both 15 years old. Skakel has served almost 11 years of his 20 to life sentence for her murder.

Prosecutors say they've decided not to appeal a ruling from earlier this month that lifted a stay in the case, which paved the way to today's bond hearing.

An attorney for Skakel argues that he should be released on bond because he has a son, is not a threat to the public or the Moxley family and agrees to electronic monitoring. The prosecution has argued that there is no reason he should be set free after already being convicted of murder.