Skakel takes stand in murder appeal trial - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Skakel takes stand in murder appeal trial

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VERNON ROCKVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

A high-profile murder case that's captivated the state for nearly four decades took another dramatic turn Thursday when convicted killer and Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel took the stand.

Skakel was in full attack mode because he said he has nothing to lose.

In a last-ditch effort to get out of prison, Skakel said his attorney Mickey Sherman simply didn't do his job.

Skakel accused Sherman of getting caught up in the limelight of his 2002 trial, instead of focusing on the case.

"He said he was a media whore," said Skakel while testifying at Rockville Superior Court.

He is serving 20 years to life for bludgeoning Martha Moxley to death with a golf club when they were both 15 years old in Greenwich in 1975.

Skakel was convicted in 2002.

Skakel said he lost because Sherman was out associating with "sworn enemies" such as crime author Dominick Dunne, instead of getting his case ready.

During their lunch meetings, Skakel claims Sherman kept the discussion to money and golf and when the trial came, he was clearly unprepared, leaving out key pieces of evidence.

"A numbing amount of information that I begged him to bring forward," Skakel said.

Sherman told The Associated Press he did all he could to prevent Skakel's conviction and denies he was distracted by media attention.

During his testimony, Skakel even went on to say that Sherman was so caught up in the publicity, he even asked him for his autograph for someone, who was observing the case.

It remains to be seen if this testimony will be enough to get Skakel a new trial. The appeal goes on Friday.

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