May 30, 2020

Skakel buys residence in New York

STAMFORD, Conn. — Michael Skakel, the Kennedy cousin accused of the 1975 murder of Greenwich teen-ager Martha Moxley, recently bought a home in New York state, The Hartford Courant reported Saturday.

Skakel’s new property, in Windham, N.Y., is less than 100 miles from Stamford Superior Court, where a judge is deciding whether he will face trial in the slaying of his former 15-year-old neighbor. Skakel has been commuting to court appearances from his home in Hobe Sound, Fla.

Skakel bought the three-bedroom home on May 19 for $290,000.

The Skakel name is well-known in Windham, a ski resort community where both Michael Skakel and his father, Rushton W. Skakel Sr., met their current wives.

That does not mean Skakel has been welcomed there with open arms.

“The general consensus is that he got away with murder for many years,” said Bobbie Jacobs, a restaurant bartender who used to serve members of the large Skakel family on their regular ski trips to Windham.

Skakel was arrested for drunken driving in the town in 1978. That arrest led to his enrollment in the Elan School, a treatment center in Maine, where prosecutors claim he admitted killing Moxley.

Connecticut Superior Court Judge Maureen Dennis has not indicated when she will issue a ruling based on legal arguments and three days of testimony she heard in June in Stamford.

Dennis must decide whether there is probable cause to try Skakel for murder. If so, she must further decide whether to try him as an adult or under 1975 statutes pertaining to juveniles.

A conviction as an adult could carry a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison; it is unclear what punishment, if any, Skakel would face if tried and convicted as a juvenile under 1975 laws.

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