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Defense Points Finger at Skakel's Brother

Wednesday, 08 May 2002 12:00 AM

Michael Sherman, in the second day at the highly watched trial, asked former Greenwich, Conn., police Capt. Thomas Keegan if he carried an arrest warrant for Thomas Skakel in 1976.

"Yes," Keegan responded.

Prosecutor Jonathan Benedict confirmed that Greenwich police had applied for an arrest warrant for Thomas Skakel, but said it was irrelevant.

"That at some point some police officer thought Thomas Skakel committed this murder is not relevant," the prosecutor said.

Benedict said that while police prepared the warrant, then-State's Attorney Donald Brown refused to sign it "because there was not enough information" against the older Skakel.

Benedict said the warrant application was irrelevant to the prosecution of Michael Skakel. Sherman said it "goes to the integrity and credibility of this investigation."

Sherman complained that only recently was he told about the warrant application, although he should have been told as part of the discovery process.

Judge John Kavanewsky Jr. was considering whether to allow the jury to hear testimony about the warrant.

Michael Skakel, 41, is on trial on charges of killing Moxley on Oct. 30, 1975, when both were 15 and living in the same neighborhood in the gated Belle Haven section of Greenwich, Conn.

Prosecutors presented the dead girl's diary Tuesday in an attempt to show that Michael Skakel had a motive to kill her: jealousy over her flirtation with his older brother.

One entry on Sept. 17, referred to an argument she had with Michael about how he accused her of "leading Tom on."

In the passage, Martha Moxley wrote: "Michael was so totally out of it that he was being a real [expletive] in his actions and words. He kept telling me that I was leading Tom on when I don't like him [except as a friend]."

She testified that she became frantic after Martha failed to come home as expected the night of Oct. 30, and was horrified when a friend told her the following day that Martha's bloody body had been discovered on the family lawn. Skakel's aunt is Ethel Kennedy, the widow of U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy. No Kennedys attended the opening day of the trial. Copyright 2002 by United Press International.

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Michael Sherman, in the second day at the highly watched trial, asked former Greenwich, Conn., police Capt. Thomas Keegan if he carried an arrest warrant for Thomas Skakel in 1976. Yes, Keegan responded. Prosecutor Jonathan Benedict confirmed that Greenwich police had...
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