Kennedy Cousin Skakel To Seek Release On Bond

By: AP
By: AP

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- With a new trial ordered for Michael
Skakel, a defense lawyer for the Kennedy cousin serving time in the 1975 slaying of a neighbor says he will seek his release from prison on bond.

Skakel's conviction was set aside Wednesday by a Connecticut judge 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 says prosecutors will appeal the decision.

Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, said he expects to file a motion for bail Thursday. If a judge approves it, Skakel could then post bond and be released from prison.

Skakel maintains his innocence. He was denied parole last year and was told he would not be eligible again to be considered for release for five years.


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