The Latest: State wants Skakel murder conviction reinstated

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Posted: Feb 24, 2016 11:50 AM
The Latest: State wants Skakel murder conviction reinstated

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the Connecticut Supreme Court's hearing of the Kennedy cousin murder case (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

An attorney for the state of Connecticut is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate a murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel that was overturned in 2013.

Skakel is seated in the gallery of the courtroom for Wednesday's hearing, as is his cousin, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Arguments are expected to last about two hours.

Skakel was released in 2013 after a lower court judge ruled the trial lawyer did not provide an adequate defense to the charge that Skakel killed Martha Moxley in 1975 when they were teenage neighbors.

Prosecutors say Skakel's trial lawyer followed a deliberate strategy and he should not be entitled to another trial.

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8 a.m.

The Connecticut Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether the murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel that was overturned in 2013 should be reinstated.

The case is scheduled to go before the justices Wednesday morning.

Skakel was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in the killing of Martha Moxley in 1975 when they were teenage neighbors. He was granted a new trial and freed on bail in 2013, after a lower court judge ruled his trial lawyer failed to argue that Skakel's brother could have been responsible for the crime and failed to present a key alibi witness for Skakel.

State prosecutors are appealing that ruling and asking the Supreme Court to reinstate Skakel's conviction.