Michael Skakel set to appear in special bail hearing, could be freed before new trial

Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, was originally convicted in 2002 for the murder of neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975.

Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, was originally convicted in 2002 for the murder of neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975. (11/20/13)

STAMFORD - A special bail hearing Thursday will determine whether Michael Skakel can walk free while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 murder of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley.

Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, was originally convicted in 2002. An appellate attorney told News 12 Connecticut Skakel could be freed if a judge sets bail.

Skakel was granted a new trial after a judge ruled Stamford attorney Mickey Sherman didn't do a good job representing him in his original trial.

Among those who plan to be in the courtroom in Stamford is author Leonard Levitt. He wrote a book on the case and says that he believes that anyone looking at this case would conclude that Skakel killed Moxley with a golf club when they were 15 years old.

Attorney Patrick McCabe deals with appellate law and says that the judge won't automatically set bail, but there will first be arguments on both sides.

In the meantime, the state has appealed the judge's ruling for a new trial. If the state wins its appeal, Skakel would be back behind bars.

Sherman said Wednesday that he hopes the judge allows Skakel bond because that's what he deserves. 

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