Judge Delays Skakel Sentencing
New York Times

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) -- Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's sentencing for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley has been delayed until Aug. 9.

Judge John F. Kavanewsky ordered the three-week delay after consultation with the probation officer conducting a presentencing investigation, a court spokeswoman said Tuesday. The original date was July 19.

Michael Sherman, Skakel's lawyer, said the defense also requested the delay.

``We want to make as full a presentation as possible,'' Sherman said.

Skakel, 41, was convicted June 7 of beating Moxley to death with a golf club when they were 15-year-old neighbors in an exclusive Greenwich neighborhood. A nephew of Ethel Kennedy, Skakel faces between 10 years and life in prison.

Skakel is being held at Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown. Defense lawyers have filed post-verdict motions raising numerous challenges to the conviction and are expected to file an appeal after sentencing.



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