Michael Skakel is escorted out of Norwalk Superior Court after being sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 murder of his neighbor Martha Moxley August 29, 2002 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Skakel, a Kennedy family nephew, was found guilty June 7, 2002 of the golf club beating death of 15-year-old Martha Moxley(Pool/Getty Images)
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel (SKAY'-kul) has been freed while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling that gives him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.
Skakel was granted bail Thursday after a bond hearing in Stamford Superior Court and walked out of court a couple of hours later. He had been serving 20 years to life.
A judge ruled last month that Skakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted in Moxley's golf club bludgeoning in wealthy Greenwich (GREN'-ich) when they were 15.
Skakel is the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy. Robert Kennedy Jr. had said as the release was pending that he feels "pure joy" and has said his cousin is innocent.
Moxley's mother has said she remains convinced Skakel is guilty.