October 25th, 2013
11:16 AM ET

RFK, Jr. Names Two Suspects In Martha Moxley Murder

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., cousin of Michael Skakel, appeared on “New Day” with Anchor Chris Cuomo, naming two new suspects, one an “African American,” in the murder of Martha Moxley.

Kennedy was adamant that Michael and his brother Tommy Skakel did not murder Martha Moxley, and raised serious doubts about Michael Skakel’s original counsel Mickey Sherman.

Skakel, who has spent more than a decade behind bars, is accused of killing 15-year-old neighbor 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. But a Connecticut judge gave Skakel, 53, a chance for a fresh start Wednesday, ruling that the defense during his 2002 trial had been inadequate.

State's Attorney John Smriga said prosecutors plan to appeal, but are still reviewing the judge's decision.

In a lengthy opinion Wednesday, Connecticut Appellate Judge Thomas Bishop ruled that defense attorney Michael "Mickey" Sherman's representation of Skakel was "constitutionally deficient."

"The defense of a serious felony prosecution requires attention to detail, an energetic investigation and a coherent plan of defense (capably) executed," Bishop wrote in his decision. "Trial counsel's failures in each of these areas of representation were significant and, ultimately, fatal to a constitutionally adequate defense."

Skakel's new attorneys had argued that Sherman failed to adequately represent him in court.

Sherman said Wednesday that he was happy for his former client.

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