Skakel defense to name names


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – Attorneys for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, convicted of a 1975 murder of a Greenwich teenager, will identify two men they say have been implicated in the killing to prosecutors but not the public, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, is seeking a new trial based on a claim by Gitano “Tony” Bryant, a cousin of basketball star Kobe Bryant, that two of his friends killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley. The petition for a new trial, filed in Stamford Superior Court, is separate from an appeal Skakel lost in January before the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Superior Court Judge Edward Karazin last month ordered Skakel’s defense to identify the two men. Prosecutors last year sought the identities and whereabouts of the two men, identified only as “A” and “B” in court papers, so they can respond to the claim and prepare their case.

Prosecutor Susann Gill said she agreed to a request by Skakel’s attorneys in which they will disclose the names of the men to prosecutors by Monday.

Bryant’s allegation surfaced in 2003, a year after Skakel was convicted of bludgeoning Moxley with a golf club in their gated neighborhood in Greenwich when they were both 15. Skakel, 45, is serving 20 years to life in prison.