Pal: I told Skakel lawyer of claim others did it

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Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 19 at 2:04 PM

VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A murder victim's friend says she told Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's attorney before his trial that she had heard two other men were responsible for the killing, but he told her that account didn't appear credible.

Marjorie Walker Hauer testified Friday she told Michael Sherman about Gitano "Tony" Bryant's claim that two other men had killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975. Skakel's current attorneys have accused Sherman of ignoring the claim as they appeal Skakel's conviction, saying he was deprived of his right to effective legal representation.

Skakel earlier sought a new trial based on Bryant's claim, but a judge also rejected it as not credible.

Skakel is serving 20 years to life in prison for Moxley's golf club bludgeoning when they were neighbors in Greenwich.

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