Court overturns Kennedy relative's murder conviction in 1975 killing

07 May, 2018, 07:49 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
  • Top News: Connecticut courtroom orders new homicide trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, report says

The decision reversed the high court's previous ruling in December 2016 that reinstated Skakel's conviction after a lower court ordered a new trial, citing mistakes by Sherman.

In a stunning reversal, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Kennedy cousin convicted for a murder more than 40 years ago. Ossorio, the court found, would have vouched for Skakel's claim since his arrest in 1975 that he was 20 minutes away from the murder scene around the time the slaying is believed to have occurred in an affluent Greenwich, Conn., enclave. Sentenced to a 20-year-to-life prison term, Skakel was released on bail after a lower court chose to overturn his conviction in 2013.

"It is really the case that will not end", Fox News' Ed Henry reported on " The Story With Martha MacCallum" on Friday, explaining that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has taken the case up as a cause, authoring a book alleging that the police botched the investigation. "It was a good decision because it was spot on the law". Santos also stated there was no physical evidence or eye witnesses linking him to the murder.

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Moxley says he was disappointed with the ruling and disagrees with the court opinion that Skakel had not received adequate assistance from a defense attorney.

When the Supreme Court ruled Friday, the panel included the same justices that ruled in 2016 - minus Zarella.

What results from that fresh look could again point the finger at Skakel - whose conviction was overturned in a 4-3 decision - or others in the killing, said CT defense attorney Norm Pattis. On this occasion, the majority goes even further and ignores and distorts the policies and rules governing motions for reconsideration that have previously guided this court.

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The court issued a 4-3 ruling Friday that Skakel's trial attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to present evidence of an alibi.

'Without Ossorio's testimony, the state was able to attack the petitioner's (Skakel's) alibi - a complete alibi for the time period during which it is highly likely that the victim was murdered - as part of a Skakel family conspiracy to cover up the petitioner's involvement in the victim's murder, ' Palmer wrote. "That is certainly the case here", Eveleigh wrote.

"I know Michael Skakel did this, and there's no doubt in my mind", she said, adding that prosecutors she spoke with yesterday said she'd have to wait for a decision about whether they'd retry the case against Skakel. My mom is getting older. She said the man didn't speak during the encounter and left her handcuffed. "That's half of my life that has gone on, and I'm willing to spend the rest of my life to find justice for Martha". He may be walking the streets, but he'll be in hell at some point'.

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