Prosecution Rests in Skakel Case
The prosecution rested its case against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel on Tuesday by playing a 1997 audiotape in which Skakel, now 41, described his attraction to former neighbor Martha Moxley and his activities the Halloween night in 1975 when she was killed, reports The New York Times. Investigators had obtained the tape from Richard Hoffman, a ghostwriter with whom Skakel had planned to write an autobiography (which was never published). The tape features Skakel not outright denying that he killed Moxley, his neighbor at the time in Greenwich, Conn., but expressing surprise and fear when learning the news that she was dead -- fear that he would be accused of the murder, says The Times. "I remember thinking, 'Oh my God, if I tell anybody that I was out that night, they would fear I did it,'" he is quoted as saying on the tape. Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, has maintained his innocence against the charge that he beat Moxley to death nearly 27 years ago with a golf club that was later traced to a set owned by the Skakel family. Both Skakel and Moxley were 15 at the time. Hoffman was also called to the stand on Tuesday, said The Times. There he testified that Skakel never confessed to killing Moxley, either on tape or in conversation, though he did say that Skakel admitted to being drunk and high on marijuana on the night of the murder. Should he be convicted, Skakel faces life in prison.
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