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Kennedy cousin Skakel is freed on bail in 1975 murder of neighbor

STAMFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was freed on bail on Thursday after spending the past 11 years in prison for the 1975 murder of a teenage neighbor in Greenwich, Conn.

Stamford Superior Court Judge Gary White ordered Skakel, 53, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, released to await a new trial in the murder of Martha Moxley. Both were 15 at the time she was beaten to death with a golf club, but Skakel was not charged until decades later, and was prosecuted as an adult rather than as a juvenile.

The bail hearing came a month after Skakel's new lawyers convinced another judge to overturn his 2002 murder conviction because his previous lawyer provided "ineffective counsel" during the trial.

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