Investigators' testimony in Moxley case still uncertain.
AP Story / The News-Times, Danbury, CT)
March 6, 1999
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A New York judge is considering whether a private
investigator's interviews with two Kennedy nephews can be used by a
Connecticut grand jury investigating the 1975 slaying of a Greenwich
Judge Michael Mullen in Riverhead, N.Y., heard testimony Friday. He said
he expects to issue a ruling soon on whether the investigator, Willis
Krebs, can be forced to testify before the grand jury sitting in
Connecticut prosecutors want Krebs to testify about interviews he
conducted with Thomas and Michael Skakel, two nephews of the late Robert
F. Kennedy who have been identified as suspects in the murder of
15-year-old Martha Moxley.
Krebs formerly worked for Sutton Associates, a Jericho, N.Y.-based firm
hired by the Skakel family in 1992 to help prove the innocence of Thomas
A Sutton report, however, revealed that both brothers had changed their
stories about their movements the night of Moxley's murder, Oct. 30,
Although both boys maintained their innocence, their new accounts
differed sharply from the accounts they gave to police in 1975.
Robert Gottlieb, an attorney representing the Skakels, told the judge
that he should not honor the Connecticut subpoena, arguing that Krebs
worked for the Skakels' attorneys.
``The judge should not be a party to the state's attorney's attempt to
breach and violate the attorney-client privilege,'' Gottlieb said.
Prosecutors have argued that Sutton Associates was hired by the Skakel
family, and that the material they gathered should be heard by the grand
In January, a judge in Nassau County, N.Y., refused to honor a subpoena
ordering the founder of Sutton Associates, James Murphy, to appear
before the grand jury.
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