Skip to comments.Martha Moxley Murder Update: Ttold Michael Skakel's lawyer About Other Possible Suspects
Posted on 04/19/2013 8:44:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Martha Moxley Murder Update: Victim's friend says she told Michael Skakel's lawyer about possible other suspects
A friend of murder victim Martha Moxley testified Friday she told Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's attorney before his trial that she had heard two other men were responsible for the killing, but he told her that account didn't appear credible.
Marjorie Walker Hauer said she told lawyer Michael Sherman about Gitano "Tony" Bryant's claim that two other men had killed the 15-year-old Moxley in 1975. Skakel's current attorneys have accused Sherman of ignoring the claim as they appeal Skakel's conviction, saying he was deprived of his right to effective legal representation.
Skakel earlier sought a new trial based on Bryant's claim, but a judge also rejected it as not credible.
His latest appeal trial, which began on Tuesday, is based on the argument that he was deprived from his constitutional right to effective legal representation.
Skakel is serving 20 years to life in prison for Moxley's golf club bludgeoning when they were neighbors in Greenwich, Conn. He is the 52-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel.
Hauer said Sherman told her the claim probably didn't deserve further investigation. Asked his response, she said, "He was aware of the story and it didn't seem credible."
Skakel's current attorney also argues Sherman was distracted by the limelight surrounded the high-profile case and failed to prepare.
Sherman's private investigator for the trial, Vito Colluci Jr., took the stand and said Sherman was a good attorney who became consumed by celebrity. Asked if he noticed a change in Sherman, Colucci said, "Can I say Hollywood?"
"I think that took full charge of his life at that point," Colucci said.
When a prosecutor questioned witnesses during the trial, Sherman a few times would look back to see television reporters he knew, Colucci said.
Sherman was constantly on the phone with the news media, Collucci said. He said Sherman did not follow up on promising leads or direct him to keep trying to find witnesses. After the trial, investigators working on Skakel's behalf found a few witnesses who rejected a claim by a star witness that Skakel confessed to the crime.
Sherman says he did all he could to prevent Skakel's conviction and made the case a top priority. He's touted his cross examinations of key witnesses.
He’s a Kennedy, guilty!
The Kennedy bastard did it.
That’s a total myth. He was a cousin or something to Ethel Kennedy, who was married to a Kennedy. This guy was never in any way, shape or form a Kennedy.
It’s annoying when conservatives act like ignorant leftists.
Acts like a Kennedy, related to a Kennedy same thing.
is it time to work on his rehabilitation already?
kinda reminds me of,
My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
OK, maybe his parents WERE married...
I always point that out so he doesn't get confused with the other Kennedys. (Who don't necessarily climb trees first.)
murderer squeals like a stuck pig...sorry this guy is so guilty it isn’t even funny
My grandfather used to say that nothing good ever came out of Joe Kennedy.
Of course the guy was “a Kennedy” in all senses that mattered. He was Ethel’s nephew, worked on Teddy’s campaign, had a key position in Michael Kennedy’s Citizens Energy and bragged about being “a Kennedy”—a riff on the Kennedys’ documented use of “Do you know who I am?” He was also a wealthy alcoholic who grew up in a privileged community, went to private school, and was a sporting kind of guy.
How much more of a Kennedy could he have been?
“Hes a Kennedy, guilty!”
My first thought too. Guilt by association. Jailing him for life, if he didn’t do it, is simply taking care of his behavior before it harms others. He’s a Kennedy - there would have been a body trail regardless.