Michael Skakel, A Kennedy Cousin, Claims That Police Hid Evidence During The 1975 Investigation Into Martha Moxley’s Murder

Michael Skakel is suing his city of Connecticut and the detectives involved in the death of 15-year-old Martha Moxley, six years after his murder conviction was overturned, for allegedly hiding information that could have prevented him from spending eleven years in prison.

Michael Skakel, A Kennedy Cousin, Claims That Police Hid Evidence During The 1975 Investigation Into Martha Moxley's Murder

The defendants in the case were the municipality of Greenwich, the Greenwich Police Department, the Connecticut State Attorney’s Office, and the detective who oversaw the 1975 investigation into Moxley’s bludgeoning death. The Kennedy family cousin was the nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy.

His lawyer, Stephan Seeger, told the local daily Greenwich Times, “He was given 11 and a half years of his life in jail for a sensationalized ‘Kennedy Cousin’ murder he didn’t commit.”

“Try picking up where you left off under that dark cloud,” the lawyer told the local outlet. “Of course, it’s not something he can walk away from – why would anybody? It’s time the untold stories on the road to wrongful conviction are heard, and it’s time those responsible are held accountable. That’s what the civil rights case is all about.”

In 2018, after Skakel had spent almost 11 years in jail, the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed his 2002 conviction on the basis that his lawyer had neglected to provide proof of an alibi. According to The Associated Press, a state prosecutor declared two years later that Skakel’s accusations had been withdrawn and he would not face a new trial.

Only seventeen of the fifty-one possible witnesses in the case were still living at the time, according to the prosecutor, as reported by the Hartford Courant.

Skakel’s lawsuit alleges evidence was “intentionally withheld from (Skakel) and his trial attorneys, all in spite of the same having been requested by the defense in the discovery process or it having been subject to other legally binding obligations to turn the same over to the Plaintiff’s defense team.”

In 1975, Skakel and Moxley—who were both fifteen—lived across the street from one another. That October 30th, Moxley got together with some friends for a mischievous night of trickery.

Friends claim that Moxley made advances toward and planted a kiss on Michael’s older brother, Thomas Skakel, that evening. She and the elder brother were saw “falling together behind the fence” next to the Skakel family pool at around nine thirty that evening, according to the Hartford Courant.

Her body was found in her backyard, beneath a tree, the next day. According to Time magazine, she had fragments of an iron golf club all over her body, and her pants and panties were pulled down about her ankles.

Moxley was found to have been killed by stabbing and beating, according to an autopsy. The Skakel residence was linked to the golf club.

When Moxley was killed, the elder brother was the main suspect. The Skakel family’s live-in tutor Kenneth Littleton was the subject of an investigation after that, according to Vanity Fair.

According to the complaint received by Fox News Digital, composite sketches from an unrelated eyewitness and numerous psychological profiles of potential suspects, including Skakel’s older brother, were among the concealed information.

According to the lawsuit, Littleton and Thomas’s lie detector test results, which suggested they were lying, were also kept from the defense during Skakel’s trial.

The lawsuit claimed that two hairs that were discovered on or close to Moxley’s body had Asian and African American ancestry. Adolph Hasbrouck and Burton Tinsely, who shared those ethnic traits, were present the night of the murder.

Both teenagers allegedly had affections on Moxley and told cops they planned to go “caveman” on someone, according to witnesses. Additionally, Skakel’s defense was purportedly denied access to those interviews.

Michael Skakel said, according to TruTV, that he had been peeking into windows and masturbating that evening between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., even though his account altered multiple times during the investigation.

According to Oxygen.com, Skakel was reexamined as a suspect in 1991 after the case remained unsolved for decades. In January 2000, an arrest warrant was issued for him.

Later, in 2004, Garr and police writer Len Levitt coauthored a book on the case.

The book “Conviction, Solving the Moxley Murder,” according to Skakel’s lawsuit, repeatedly praised Garr for his “leadership in pursuing and securing [Skakel’s] conviction… in which Garr was confirmed to have collaborated as a fact checker.”

“Garr, while the lead investigator in the case, had a pecuniary interest in co-authoring the book with Len Levitt via book sales and the prospect of receiving fifty-percent of profits for a movie based upon the book,” the suit states.

The lawsuit claims that the release of an earlier book on the issue caused Garr, who already “held a deep antipathy toward [Skakel] and the Skakel family,” to hasten his inquiry. The 2000 book “Murder in Greenwich,” written by Mark Fuhrman, identified Skakel as Moxley’s murderer.

“Garr was resentful of Mark Fuhrman who was trumpeted as the man who solved the murder by implicating [Skakel] in his book … when Garr believed he should have been granted recognition,” the lawsuit says.

According to the lawsuit, Garr allegedly bought off other teenagers at the juvenile facility where Skakel was detained following his arrest. He allegedly offered one a reward for “testifying that… [Skakel] may have blacked out during the evening of the murder” and convinced another, a heroin addict who had since passed away, to testify despite his “complete lack of credibility.”

According to the lawsuit, he also allegedly threatened another prospective witness, stating the witness’s “life would be made difficult” if they refused to testify.

“As a direct and proximate result of said wrongful and malicious prosecution against him, plaintiff has been caused to suffer and sustain injuries and losses,” the complaint said.

Garr and Martha Moxley’s brother John were unavailable for comment on Skakel’s complaint by Fox News Digital.

The murder of Moxley is still unsolved. Her brother stated in a 2019 interview that he still thinks Skakel killed her.

“Just because he’s out on the street doesn’t mean what we know isn’t right,” John Moxley said in “Murder and Justice: The Case of Martha Moxley,” a three-part documentary on his sister’s life and death.

“Where we are now is that it’s all about judges and technicalities. It’s not about who killed Martha. At this point, him being out doesn’t change anything for me. And he’ll be in prison for the rest of his life regardless of where he’s walking the streets. He will be in his own prison for the rest of his days.”

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