Kennedy cousin Skakel seeks release on bond

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Associated Press

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 2:30 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) —

Lawyers for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel have filed a motion seeking his release from prison on bond while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.

Skakel's conviction was set aside Wednesday by a Connecticut judge, Thomas Bishop, who ruled that Skakel's trial attorney failed to adequately represent him when he was found guilty in 2002. Bridgeport State's Attorney John Smriga said prosecutors will appeal the decision.

Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, filed a motion Thursday afternoon in Rockville Superior Court seeking a $500,000 bond. If a judge approves it, Skakel could then post bond and be released from prison.

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