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Skakel's Alibi Disputed

Friday, 10 May 2002 12:00 AM

Skakel, 41, Ethel Kennedy's nephew, is on trial on a charge he bludgeoned Moxley to death in 1975 when they were 15-year-old neighbors in Greenwich, Conn.

Defense attorney Michael Sherman has indicated in pretrial motions he believes that Kenneth Littleton, once a suspect in the girl's death, is the real killer.

Sherman wants the jury to be told that Littleton at one point in the investigation reportedly confessed to killing Moxley, but prosecutors said Littleton's remarks were taken out of context.

Littleton, who started his job as a live-in tutor for the Skakel children the night Moxley was killed, Oct. 30, 1975, testified for the prosecution Thursday, but Sherman put off his cross-examination until the jury returns Monday.

Superior Court Judge John Kavanewsky Jr. excused the jury until Monday so he could hear arguments Friday whether to allow Littleton's allegedly incriminating statements on tape recordings in as evidence.

Littleton, who was 24 at the time, told the jury Thursday he was watching a movie on television between 9 and 11 p.m. the night Moxley was killed. He said the Skakel nanny came up to his room at about 9:30 p.m. and asked him to check on a "fracas" outside.

Littleton said he went outside and "heard some scuffling in the leaves, and it sort of spooked me, to be honest with you."

He said he saw nothing, so returned to his room where Skakel's older brother, Thomas, then 17, joined him to watch the movie.

He described Thomas as "perfectly composed, not agitated."

When asked by prosecutor Jonathan Benedict if Thomas looked "soiled, or dirty," Littleton answered, "No."

Littleton said he never met Moxley.

The exact time Moxley was killed has never been established, but authorities generally believe it was before 10 p.m. Prosecutors have said they believe the slaying took place between 9:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Skakel's alibi that he left the family home about 9:30 p.m. and got into a car to accompany his cousin Jimmy Terrien home was disputed by another witness on Thursday.

Andrea Shakespeare Renna, a family friend, testified she was at the Skakel home at 9:30 p.m. and that Michael was not in the car when it left. She said she was sure Michael was still in the house when she left at 9:45 p.m.

"Was Michael Skakel in the house after that car left?" Senior Assistant State's Attorney Susann Gill asked Renna.

"Yes," Renna said.

Moxley's body was found shortly after noon the next day.

Renna said she and Julie Skakel were told to return to the Skakel home from the Convent of the Sacred Heart School just hours after the discovery of Martha's body.

She said as they pulled up to the house in a car, Michael came out.

"He said Martha had been killed, and he and Tommy were the last to see Martha that night," Renna testified. She described Michael's demeanor as "sort of hyper."

Prosecutors called Skakel neighbor Helen Ix Fitzpatrick to testify that her dog barked furiously shortly after 9:30 p.m. while standing in the road and staring in the direction of the Moxley home. Copyright 2002 by United Press International.

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Skakel, 41, Ethel Kennedy's nephew, is on trial on a charge he bludgeoned Moxley to death in 1975 when they were 15-year-old neighbors in Greenwich, Conn. Defense attorney Michael Sherman has indicated in pretrial motions he believes that Kenneth Littleton, once a suspect...
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