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Skakel Appeals Adult Status

Tuesday, 25 September 2001 12:00 AM

Skakel is appealing a lower court ruling that he be tried as an adult on charges of murdering neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975.

The appeal was to be argued Tuesday in Hartford.

At issue is a lower court's decision on Jan. 31 that transferred Skakel's case from juvenile to adult court.

Both Skakel and Moxley were 15 when she was bludgeoned with a golf club. Skakel is now 41.

Juvenile Court Judge Maureen Dennis had ruled that Skakel be tried in adult court in part because Connecticut has no juvenile facilities to accommodate a 41-year-old man.

Skakel's defense was to argue that the case should remain in Juvenile Court because Skakel was 15 at the time of the slaying.

If Skakel were to be convicted as a juvenile, he would face a maximum sentence of four years. If convicted as an adult, he could be sentenced from 10 years to life in prison.

State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict has indicated the charges against Skakel could be dropped if the Supreme Court puts the case back in Juvenile Court.

Skakel is the nephew of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy.

Skakel lived hear Moxley in the gated Belle Haven section of Greenwich, Conn., when she was killed in October 1975. It wasn't until January 2000, however, that police charged him with the slaying.

After a probable cause hearing in April, Superior Court Judge John Kavanewsky Jr. said there was enough evidence for Skakel's case to proceed to trial.

That evidence included witness testimony that Skakel, at a substance abuse facility in Maine, confessed to killing Moxley with a golf club. Police said the golf club was traced to his mother.

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