Skakel to take stand in Conn. murder appeal

Skakel to take stand in Conn. murder appeal

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | AP

VERNON, Conn. (AP) - An attorney for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel said he plans to call him to testify as he challenges his 2002 Connecticut murder conviction on the grounds his trial attorney failed to competently defend him.

Attorney Hubert Santos said Wednesday that Skakel will take the stand.

Skakel is expected to testify Thursday in Rockville Superior Court. He didn't testify at his trial but spoke last year when he was denied parole.

Skakel is serving 20 years to life for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Martha Moxley when they were 15-year-old neighbors in Greenwich.

Skakel argued that trial attorney Michael Sherman got caught up in the limelight of the high-profile case and failed to prepare. Sherman said he did all he could to prevent Skakel's conviction and denied he was distracted by media attention.

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