Judge orders evidence preserved in Skakel case

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Posted: Jul 30, 2014 3:37 PM

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge ordered prosecutors to preserve all evidence as Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel awaits a new trial in his murder case.

A Stamford Superior Court judge made the ruling Wednesday after Skakel's attorney sought to preserve hairs found at the crime scene.

Skakel is the nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel. He was freed from prison last year after a judge ruled his trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted of fatally bludgeoning Martha Moxley in Greenwich when they were both 15.

Asked if he was spending time with his family, Skakel said as he arrived for the hearing, "much as I can." Asked if he was enjoying his time out of prison, he said, "I wouldn't say enjoying."

Prosecutors are appealing the decision granting Skakel a new trial.

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Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel said Wednesday he's spending as much time as he can with family as he awaits a new trial in his murder case.

Skakel arrived at Stamford Superior Court for a hearing on a motion seeking to keep the government from using certain evidence at his trial.

Asked if he was spending time with his family, Skakel said, "much as I can." Asked if he was enjoying his time out of prison, he said, "I wouldn't say enjoying."

Skakel, the nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, was freed from prison last year after a judge ruled his trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted of fatally bludgeoning Martha Moxley in Greenwich when they were both 15.

Skakel's new attorney is seeking to suppress the evidence seized from ghostwriter Richard Hoffman for a memoir and return it to Skakel. Attorney Stephen Seeger says an investigator misled Hoffman to get the tapes, on which Skakel says he masturbated in a tree outside Moxley's window the night she was killed.

Prosecutors deny the claim. They're appealing the decision granting Skakel a new trial.