Michael Skakel, 53, has been released from prison in Connecticut on bail, 11 years after being sentenced to life for the murder of Martha Moxley, reports The Stamford Advocate.
A judge ruled in October that Skakel had not been properly represented during the original trial in 2002. Moxley, a neighbor of Skakel’s was killed with a golf club in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1975.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Skakel Will Be Forced to Wear an Ankle Monitor
Skakel is being released on a $1.2 million bail with restrictions that he is not allowed to leave the state of Connecticut and has to wear a GPS ankle monitor, reports The Associated Press.
Skakel’s lawyers had initially requested a bail of $500,000.
2. The Judge’s Ruling Was Based on Skakel’s Shoddy Legal Representation
The judge said that Skakel’s original lawyer in 2002 failed to adequately challenge a witnesses claim that Skakel had confessed.
3. The Moxley Family are Distraught
Martha Moxley’s family are outraged at Skakel’s release but told the media they are confident he will be found guilty again in a new trial. Martha Moxley’s mother, Dorthy, told reporters:
I’m disappointed. … I guess we knew that the day would come. I wasn’t completely destroyed, but I wish it didn’t happen.
4. Skakel is a ‘Kennedy Cousin’
Skakel is the nephew of RFK’s widow, Ethel. Robert Kennedy Jr. had actively campaigned for his cousin’s release. His freedom comes just a day before the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in Dallas in 1963.
5. His Brother May Still be a Suspect
Skakel’s brother, Thomas, is also thought to be a suspect in Martha Moxley’s murder.