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Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Martha Moxley Killing Pinned on Cousin

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By    |   Thursday, 07 Jul 2016 09:11 AM

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claims Martha Moxley's murder in 1975 was pinned on his cousin Michael Skakel when the evidence was stronger against two other boys who said they were near the scene, according to People magazine.

Moxley, 15, was bludgeoned with a golf club and stabbed in the neck with its broken shaft at her home in the exclusive Belle Haven section of Greenwich, Connecticut. The golf club was traced back to Skakel's family property across the street from Moxley's house, noted the Connecticut Post.

Skakel, then 15, is the nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, widow Robert F. Kennedy,

In his new book "Framed," Robert F. Kennedy Jr claims to reveal new evidence that suggest that Skakel didn't kill the high school sophomore, said People, and he attempts to make a case against Adolph Hasbrouck and Burr Tinsley, at the time two New York City teenagers who admitted being near the scene of the crime, wrote the magazine.

"There were a lot of suspects who had much stronger evidence against them than Michael," Kennedy told People.

People said Hasbrouck and Tinsley have both invoked the Fifth Amendment in refusing to testify and have never been charged in connection with Moxley's death.

The case had gone cold until prosecutors announced the appointment of a special grand jury to investigate the case in June 1998, according to CBS News.

In 2000, Skakel, then 39, was arrested for murder and was convicted in 2002.

A new trial was ordered for Skakel in 2013, though, after a judge ruled that his original attorney Mickey Sherman, failed to give him an adequate defense, said the Post.

Prosecutors appealing the 2013 ruling told People they believed Skakel's original conviction was right. Prosecutor Jonathan Benedict told People, though, that he has not seen Kennedy's book and his new claim.

"(Skakel's) conviction was the result of a strong case of evidence, the most telling of which came from Mr. Skakel's own mouth, and reached despite the evidence of an experienced, savvy and energetic defense attorney," Benedict said, per People.

The murder and the mystery around it has inspired several books, including Dominick Dunne's "A Season in Purgatory," and "Murder in Greenwich" by former Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman, an investigator in the O.J. Simpson murder case.

Fuhrman's book theorized that Skakel killed Moxley, noted CBS News.

Skakel has been released on a $1.2 million bond, and is awaiting a state Supreme Court's decision on whether or not he will receive a new trial, said People. 

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