The Connecticut Supreme Court is planning to release its ruling on Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's appeal of his murder conviction in the 1975 slaying of his 15-year-old neighbor - Martha Moxley.
Hearst Newspaper Editor David McCumber is once again a sleep at the switch as prosecutor Susann Gill tells The Associated Press that the state's highest court is expected to release its ruling late Monday morning.
Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in 2002 for fatally beating Martha Moxley with a golf club in Greenwich.
Skakel had asked for a new trial after another man implicated his two friends in the killing. But a judge in Stamford turned that request down in 2007. Skakel then appealed.
Skakel is a nephew of Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel.
Greenwich Time Editor Joe Pisani was knuckled under by the powerful Kennedy clan, when he refused to publish an independent Martha Moxley Investigative Report for ten years.
Mr.Pisani commissioned the independent investigative report that eventually became to the book that led to Michael Skakel's conviction.
Published: 11:21 a.m., Monday, April 12, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010; 11:32 AM
Conn. high court denies Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's bid for new trial on murder conviction.
October 30, 1975:Martha and some friends went out for an evening of
"mischief night" pranks before stopping at the home of Tommy and
Martha was due home around 10:00 PM; She never comes home.
Martha's family, neighbors, friends and the Greenwich Police begin
searching for Martha around midnight. Dorthy Moxley waits up all night
for Martha to return home.
October 31, 1975: The search continues throughout the night. Greenwich
Police begin considering Martha's disappearance as a possible run-
4:00 AM: Greenwich Police search Belle Haven.
6:00 AM: John Moxley returns home from his search.
10:00 AM: Dorthy Moxley went to the Skakel home looking for Martha and
speaks to Michael.
12:15 PM: While walking through the Moxley's backyard, 15-year-old
Sheila McGuire finds Martha dead under a pine tree. The murder weapon
was a golf club, which was later matched to a set owned by the Skakel
12:30 PM: Police arrive at the crime scene.
4:00 PM: GPD requests the Connecticut State Police Mobile Crime Scene
4:30 PM: C.S.P. Crime Scene Lab arrives.
5:30 PM: Martha's body is moved to Greenwich Hospital.
5:40 PM: Tommy Skakel is taken to the Greenwich station for
questioning; he returns home at 10:30 PM.
November 1, 1975: Dr. Elliot Gross conducts an autopsy concluding that
Martha was killed with a golf club.
November 2, 1975: Greenwich detectives remove a set of golf clubs
matching the murder weapon from the Skakel home. Greenwich Police put
out a nationwide APB for a missing portion of the golf club.
November 3, 1975: Tommy Skakel is given a polygraph test. The results
November 4, 1975: More than 500 people attend Martha's funeral in
Greenwich surrounded by onlookers and the media.
November 9, 1975: Tommy Skakel is given a 2nd polygraph test and
November 10, 1975: Greenwich Police conduct an extensive background
check on Ken Littleton.
November 15, 1975: Detectives re-interview the Skakel's, Andrea
Shakespeare, Jim Terrien and Helen Ix.
November 21, 1975: Ed Hammond is given a polygraph test and passes.
November 24, 1975: Greenwich Police ask a New York City Area Dry
Cleaners Association to report any blood stained clothing.
December 2, 1975: Greenwich Police ask all Fairfield County Dry
Cleaners to report any blood stained clothing received since the
December 2, 1975: John Moxley is given a polygraph test and passes.
December 9, 1975: John Skakel is given a polygraph test and passes.
December 11, 1975: Greenwich Police search the Skakel's Windham, NY
residence with Rushton Skakel's Permission.
December 12, 1975: Greenwich Police receive the autopsy report from
December 13, 1975: Detectives re-interview Tommy Skakel and take hair
December 17, 1975: Dorthy Moxley is given a polygraph test. The
results are inconclusive.
January 16, 1976: Detectives receive written permission from Rushton
January 20, 1976: Greenwich Police are contacted by Chris Roosevelt of
the Whitby School.
He tells them that he will NOT release Tommy's school records without
first speaking to the Skakel's. He also states that if Tommy was
arrested, he would be defended by a battery of lawyers who would claim
the boy was "temporarily insane".
January 22, 1976: Rushton Skakel formally WITHDRAWS permission to
release Tommy's school records. Later that day Rushton collapses with
chest pains and is rushed to Greenwich Hospital where he informs
detectives that he has retained Manny Margolis as Tommy's criminal
January 25, 1976: David Moxley sets up a meeting between Police and
his friend John McCreight a consultant who wants Greenwich Police to
bring in outside help.
January 28, 1976: Detectives request to permission re-interview Ed
January 30, 1976: Attorney Manny Margolis advises Police that he has
advised the Skakel's NOT to talk with police.
February 4-7, 1976: Detectives go to Detroit, MI to get advice from
Detroit Police on the case.
February 9, 1976: Detectives go to Brunswick School to try and get a
written statement from Ken Littleton - Littleton is unavailable.
February 18, 1976: Detectives meet with Skakel family advisors Fr.
Tommy Guinan and Fr. Mark Connolly concerning medical and
psychological tests they would like perform.
February 25, 1976: Detectives meet with Rushton Skakel, Fr. Mark
Connolly and Attorney Manny Margolis concerning medical and
psychological tests they would like perform.
March 3, 1976: Attorney Manny Margolis informs detectives that his
client will NOT COMPLY and be tested.
March 5, 1976: Ed Hammond and his mother are re-interviewed.
March 15, 1976: Tommy Skakel is given a psychological exam in NYC
under a false name.
March 16, 1976: Greenwich Police consult with Nassau County Police on
March 25, 1976: Donald Browne holds a press conference and states they
are frustrated by an unnamed family's lack of cooperation. He does not
identify the family.
March 28, 1976: Rushton Skakel tells the Moxley's that Tommy has
passed a psychological exam but refuses to give the results to police
on advice of council.
March 31, 1976: Two Detroit detectives arrive in Greenwich to assist
with the investigation.
April 2, 1976: Detroit detectives interview Robert and Mildred Ix.
April 5, 1976: Greenwich Police attempt to re-interview Ken Littleton
- he declines.
April 7, 1976: Ken Littleton refuses to talk to detectives and refuses
to sign a statement about Tommy Skakel.
April 13, 1976: Ken Littleton retains Attorney John Meerbergen and
April 15, 1976: Police talk to witnesses regarding the barking dog the
night of the murder.
April 16, 1976: Police check with Animal Control looking for "barking
dog complaints" the night of the murder.
April 22, 1976: Detectives re-interview Ken Littleton with his lawyer
April 30, 1976: Tommy Skakel admitted to Greenwich Hospital.
May 11, 1976: Skakel's receive a full psychological report on Tommy
Skakel from Dr. Lesse.
September 2, 1976: The Moxley's attorney informs police that the
Skakel's have agreed to have Dr. Lesse speak to a doctor for the
October 18, 1976: Ken Littleton fails a polygraph test.
October 19, 1976: Ken Littleton tells police that his attorney has
advised him not to submit himself for tests.
October 21, 1976: Detectives meet with attorney Margolis and tell him
they would like to re-interview the Skakel's regarding Ken Littleton.
Margolis is given a list of questions.
October 30, 1976: Detectives do an overnight stakeout of the murder
November 9, 1976: Attorney Margolis contacts police with a list of
answers regarding Ken Littleton.
November 12, 1976: Police do a background check on Ken Littleton.
March 3, 1977: The Moxley's attorney tells police that they have
arranged a doctor to review Tommy Skakel's file.
May 1977: Ken Littleton is given 5-7 years suspended sentence for
burglary charges in Nantucket, Mass. Littleton refuses to submit to a
sodium amytal interview in return for reduced charges.
October 30, 1977: Detectives again do an overnight stakeout of the
December 12, 1977: Detectives travel to Vermont where Tommy Skakel is
attending school to obtain information.
December 14, 1977: Detectives travel to Boston to speak with Ken
Littleton's Probation Officer.
March 5, 1978: Michael Skakel is arrested in Windham, NY on charges of
unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to comply
with an officer and DWI.
June 1978: Tommy Skakel is expelled from college for academic reasons.
October 17, 1978: Governor Ella Grasso authorizes a $20,000 reward.
October 28, 1978: Greenwich Police meet with a psychic who contacted
them regarding dreams.
October 30, 1978: Detectives again do an overnight stakeout of the
Mid-November 1978: Michael Skakel escapes from the Elan School and is
returned a few days later.
November 29, 1978: Michael Skakel escapes from the Elan School again.
December 12, 1978: Michael Skakel escapes from the Elan School again.
October 30, 1979: Detectives again do an overnight stakeout of the
October 30, 1980: Detectives again do an overnight stakeout of the
July 31, 1981: Police contact a second psychic about the case.
September 27, 1981: Police meet with the second psychic about the
October 30, 1981: Detectives again do an overnight stakeout of the
July 13, 1982: Greenwich Time newspaper requests to see the
July 20, 1982: Police DENY the request.
August 6, 1982: Greenwich Time newspaper "formally" requests to see
the investigation reports under the "Freedom Of Information Act".
October 4, 1982: Greenwich Police Department requests to see and edit
Len Levitt's Greenwich Time article before publication. Their request
October 30, 1982: Detectives again do an overnight stakeout of the
December 9, 1982: An FOI hearing is conducted regarding the police
January 5, 1983: Detectives talk to Ken Littleton who states he has
been talking to reporter Len Levitt. He also states that he is now
willing to undergo tests to prove his innocence.
May 11, 1983: FOI Committee decides that police must hand over
selected parts of the police report.
Summer 1983: Len Levitt's article is written on the case - Greenwich
Time and Stamford Advocate Editor Joe Pisani REFUSES to publish it (so it sits in Joe Pisani's lower desk drawer under lock and key). The Kennedy clan is elated that Pisani has knuckled under to their pressure.
In 1988: Martha's father, David Moxley, dies unexpectedly in New York
City. Mr. Moxley is buried in Greenwich next to Martha.
April 30, 1991: Greenwich police and the State of Connecticut announce
that they are reinvestigating evidence in the case.
June 2, 1991: Len Levitt's article is published in the Greenwich Time
under the headline "Moxley Murder Case Still Haunts Greenwich".
August 9, 1991: The Moxley family increases the reward to $50,000.
They also set up a toll-free telephone number to assist in an
announced reinvestigation by the State Attorney's office by Frank Garr
and Jack Solomon.
SOMETIME IN 1991: The Skakel's hire Sutton Associates to investigate
1993: The book "A Season in Purgatory," by Dominick Dunne, is
October 1993: Dr. Henry Lee submits his findings to the Greenwich
Police, the report is 6 inches thick.
January 5, 1994: At a press conference, Jack Solomon admits that there
is nothing new in the investigation at this point - he also blames the
Skakel family for not cooperating.
September 30, 1994: Frank Garr retires from the Greenwich Police to
work as an investigator for the State Attorney's Office. He is
assigned full time on the Moxley Case.
November 26, 1995: Len Levitt writes an article for "Newsday Magazine"
he was doing the night of the murder.
June 19, 1996: The Moxley's double the reward money to $100,000.
October 1996: Evidence is taken to Washington D.C. to the Defense
Department for DNA testing.
June 1998: Superior Court Judge George Thim starts an 18-month, one
man grand jury review of information gathered by Frank Garr and the
State Attorney's office.
Spring - Summer 1998: The books "Greentown" by Timothy Dumas and
"Murder in Greenwich," by former Los Angeles Police Detective Mark
Fuhrman, are published.
November 1998: The grand jury interviewed more than 30 witnesses in
connection the case. Some reportedly are former residents and staff of
the Elan School in Poland Springs, Maine. At the same time counsel for
Michael Skakel, headed by Stamford based defense attorney Michael
Sherman, has made a motion to suppress all testimony from staff and
residents of the Elan School citing "doctor - patient
December 10, 1998: In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Edward
Stodolink stated that the owner of the center, where the state alleges
former Greenwich resident Michael Skakel may have made admissions as
to the murder, must give grand jury testimony.
March 11, 1999: Suffolk County (New York) Judge Michael Mullen ruled
that private investigator, Willis Krebs must appear before the grand
jury in Bridgeport.
March 24, 1999: When Krebs appeared before the grand jury, Willis
Krebs refused to divulge those names on the basis that it was
confidential information, but was later ordered to do so.
July 28, 1999: A Florida appeals court ruled that Rushton Skakel, the
father of Michael and Tommy Skakel, was ordered to testify before the
Connecticut grand jury investigating the Moxley Case.
August 5, 1999: The state Appellate Court has reversed a state
Superior Court judge's order that a drug and alcohol rehabilitation
center's owner must testify what he knows about admissions a suspect
allegedly made concerning the Martha Moxley murder. It remains
unclear, however, whether the Appellate Court decision would affect
testimony the grand jury has already heard from others who attended
the rehab center with Skakel.
September 9, 1999: Rushton Skakel Sr. spends over an hour answering a
grand jury's questions about what he might know concerning his sons'
possible involvement in the 1975 murder. In addition the grand jury is
still looking for testimony from James (Dowdle) Terrin, cousin of
Michael and Tommy Skakel, who was with the Skakel brothers the night
of the murder.
December 10, 1999: The Grand Jury officially ended its investigation.
By law, Judge Thim had a maximum of three, six-month terms to complete
his investigation. His final term ended on Friday December 10. Judge
Thim had 60 days to say whether he believes there is enough evidence
to make an arrest. The prosecutors office is not bound by his
decision. Even if Judge Thim finds probable cause for an arrest,
prosecutors may decide there is not enough evidence for them to win a
January 19, 2000: 9:00 AM: At a news conference which was held in
Bridgeport, Connecticut, prosecutors announced that an arrest warrant
had been issued for an unnamed juvenile. Attorney Mickey Sherman told
reporters that his client, Michael Skakel, was on his way to
Connecticut to surrender to authorities.
Michael Skakel surrendered to Greenwich Police. Skakel was charged as
a juvenile. The Skakel family posts $500,000 bail and he is released.
February 8, 2000: At what could only be described as a 'media circus',
Michael Skakel was scheduled to appear in Stamford Juvenile Court for
arraignment. But, Juvenile Court Judge Maureen Dennis decided to
postpone his arraignment on murder charges until March 14, reportedly
so she can look into whether to open the proceedings to the news
March 10, 2000: Judge Maureen Dennis rules on a request from five
newspapers and The Associated Press which had asked to open the
juvenile proceeding to the public. The judge agreed to allow press
coverage and moved the arraignment to Stamford Superior Court, Tuesday
March 14, 2000: In a four-minute court appearance, Skakel heard the
charges against him read aloud and was advised of his Constitutional
rights. Because this is a juvenile case, Michael Skakel was entitled
to a "reasonable cause" hearing, which was held on June 20, 21 and 28,
When leaving court, Michael Skakel approached Dorthy and John Moxley
and said "I feel your pain," Skakel followed with "but you've got the
wrong guy." John Moxley said he told Skakel, "We'll find out in
June 20, 21 and 28, 2000: Michael Skakel appeared for a "Probable
Cause Hearing". Skakel was flanked by his brother, sister and cousins
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Douglas Kennedy. Witnesses appeared for both
the prosecution and defense on whether Skakel actually admitted to the
murder while attending the Elan School in Poland Springs, Maine.
August 17, 2000: Judge decides Skakel will stand trial. Stating
evidence from a probable cause hearing showed "well beyond mere
suspicion" that Michael Skakel could have caused the death of Martha
October 5, 2000: The Juvenile report from a court-ordered background
investigation was been delivered to the presiding judge.
January 31, 2001: Kennedy nephew Michael Skakel will be tried as an
adult in the 1975 murder of Greenwich teen-ager Martha Moxley, a judge
February 11, 2001: The prosecution filed a motion to have the case of
Martha Moxley murder defendant Michael Skakel moved to Bridgeport from
Superior Court in Stamford, which a judge only last week designated as
the trial site.
February 14, 2001: Michael Skakel appeals judge's decision to try
Skakel as an adult.
February 21, 2001: Michael Skakel is charged as an adult.
November 2001: The CT State Supreme Court said it would not hear
Skakel's appeal of the decision to transfer his case to adult court,
saying it was too early in the legal process to consider that issue.
Appeals are not normally granted until verdicts are reached.
December 11, 2001: Connecticut State Superior Court Judge John
Kavanewsky denied a long-standing motion to dismiss the charges
against Michael Skakel.
May 4, 2002: Trial took place in Connecticut State Superior Court in
Norwalk with Judge John Kavanewsky presiding.
June 7, 2002: With the family and friends in the courtroom the 12
person jury found Michael Skakel "Guilty as Charged of Murder in the
June 23, 2004 Lawyers for state ask Connecticut Supreme Court to
uphold the murder conviction.
Jan. 14, 2005 Connecticut Supreme Court hears arguments to appeal the
verdict. The appeal contends prosecutors failed to turn over crucial
Aug. 29, 2005 Skakel's defense team files a petition for a new trial.
Jan. 13, 2006 Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously upholds the murder
Feb. 15, 2006 Skakel's defense team files a motion asking the state
Supreme Court to rehear arguments in his murder appeal.
March 21, 2006 State Supreme Court denies request to rehear appeal.
Skakel's defense announces plan to appeal to U.S. Supreme Court.
July 12, 2006 Petition is filed with U.S. Supreme Court asserting that
Skakel's due process rights were violated by the State Supreme Court
Oct. 14, 2006 Prosecutors file a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court
asking the justices to reject Skakel's quest to be set free, arguing
that his due process rights were not violated.
Nov. 13, 2006 U.S. Supreme Court rejects Skakel's request to review
April 17, 2007 Hearing for a new trial begins in Stamford.
Oct. 25, 2007 Judge Edward Karazin Jr. denies Skakel's bid for a new
Today - April 12, 2010 State Supreme Court denies Skakel a new trial.
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