Prosecutors who secured the murder conviction against Michael Skakel in the 1975 bludgeoning of Martha Moxley have finally spoken out about defense contentions it has new evidence of Skakel’s innocence.
In a strongly worded statement laced with sarcasm, Fairfield State’s Attorney Jonathan Benedict Wednesday both dismissed the credibility of the information and asserted it had been provided to the defense team after Skakel was convicted and before he was sentenced last August, according to the Hartford Courant.
The defense claims hinge on Gitano “Tony” Bryant – a former classmate of Skakel’s at the private Brunswick School in Greenwich and cousin of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Bryant used to socialize and party with other Brunswick students and teens at Belle Haven, the gated Greenwich community where Moxley was killed.
On the night of the murder, Bryant has told defense investigators, two friends from the Bronx accompanied him there and began talking about getting a girl “caveman style” – clubbing her and dragging her to a remote place to have their way with her.
Skakel was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, and is currently at MacDougall Correctional Institution in Suffield. His cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who published an article in Atlantic Monthly magazine asserting his confidence in Skakel’s innocence, appeared on network television Wednesday night to argue that position.