Michael Skakel Alleges Evidence Suppression in Martha Moxley Murder

(Daily360.com) – The bizarre Kennedy-related murder case of Martha Moxley that took place in 1975 has taken yet another turn. 15-year old Martha Moxley was killed on October 30, 1975. Her body was found next to a tree, her pants were pulled down, and blunt force and stabbing injuries were present. A broken iron gold club was found next to the body, that was later determined to be what she was stabbed with and likely bludgeoned by.

The case remained unsolved until the year 2000 when Michael Skakel was arrested, tried and convicted of her murder. Skakel was a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s wife Ethel Kennedy and that brought national attention to this case. Moxley was seen on the night of her death running around with friends for what they called “mischief night.” At one point witnesses say she was seen kissing Michael Skakel’s older brother Thomas Skakel. The police initially suspected Thomas because the golf club was traced back to the Skakel home and then turned their attention to the Skakel family’s live-in tutor Kenneth Littleton.

Despite failing lie detector tests, neither person was arrested for the crime but in the year 2000 after being “reconsidered” a suspect in 1991, Michael Skakel was arrested and convicted. After serving more than 11 years in prison, Michael regained his freedom in 2013 following a successful appeal based on inadequate legal representation. Skakel is now suing the Connecticut town where he and Moxley lived as well as investigators involved with the case.

Skakel alleges that lead investigator Frank Garr held deep animosity toward both him and his family. Garr coauthored of a book called “Conviction, Solving the Moxley Murder,” that Skakel is now using as evidence in his lawsuit. Skakel claims Garr withheld evidence, like two hairs that were found near Moxley’s body that contained Asian and African American characteristics that would not match Slakel but could match two boys named Burton Tinsely and Adolph Hasbrouck. Both boys were present on the night of the murder and witnesses say both said they were going to go “caveman” on someone. Skakel also alleges Garr bribed witnesses.

Michael Skakel’s alibi for that night has changed more than once but he now maintains that he was peeping in windows and pleasuring himself at the time of the murder. Skakel says other evidence withheld from him were eyewitness accounts and sketches of suspects that would not have resembled him or his brother. Moxley’s murder is once again considered an open and unsolved case.

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