Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel seeks bond to be released from prison

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 3:21pm

A day after he won a new trial in the murder of a 15-year-old girl, Michael Skakel, the nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, filed a bond motion Thursday asking he be released from prison pending a second trial's outcome.

The motion asks the court to set a bond in an amount "no greater than $500,000 cash or surety."

Skakel, 53, who has spent more than a decade behind bars, is accused of killing Martha Moxley with a golf club in 1975. Twenty-seven years after her death, he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

For years, Skakel fought unsuccessfully for his conviction to be overturned. On Wednesday, a Connecticut judge ordered Skakel's conviction to be set aside, ruling that the defense in the 2002 trial had been inadequate.

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