Friend of suspects in Moxley murder testifies before grand jury
Associated Press, 08/12/98 18:34
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - A close family friend of the two Kennedy nephews suspected in the 1975 murder of a Greenwich teen-ager testified before a grand jury investigating her death.
Mildred Ix, a neighbor of victim Martha Moxley, 15, and suspects Thomas and Michael Skakel, testified this week, the Greenwich Time reported.
Superior Court Judge George Thim who has been appointed as a one-man grand jury to investigate the case. Ix would not comment to reporters on her testimony Tuesday. The grand jury did not meet Wednesdsay.
Thomas and Michael Skakel are the sons of Rushton Skakel, who is the brother of Ethel Kennedy, U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy's widow.
Ix's name appears several times in portions of the Moxley case file that have been made public.
Her appearance marked the second time in less than a week that a Skakel family intimate has appeared before the grand jury. Last week, the Rev. Mark Connolly, a former Skakel family adviser, testified. Police reports show Connolly had counseled in favor of having Thomas, then 17, submit to psychological testing in connection with the investigation.
One police report showed that an ambulance was sent to the Ix residence, where the suspects' father, Rushton Skakel, had collapsed in a study where Mildred Ix was preparing to serve him and an attorney with refreshments. The incident occurred soon after Rushton Skakel appeared at police headquarters to withdraw his permission for Thomas' school and medical reports to be released to investigators.
On April 8, 1976, a police report states, Mildred Ix told detectives ``that she felt strongly that Thomas Skakel was not involved in the fatal assault of Martha Moxley. She stated that she had a conversation with Rushton Skakel sometime in early March, at which time he told her that Connolly and (name deleted) told him that Thomas should have certain psychiatric examinations.''
According to that same police report, Ix said that ``on March 24, 1976, Rushton Skakel called her and told her that he was greatly relieved because the tests showed Tom was not involved in the murder.''
Martha Moxley's mother, Dorthy, said she and Mildred Ix became good friends. Dorthy Moxley said her neighbor was a great solace in the days following her daughter's death.
Helen Ix, then 15, had been with Martha Moxley and the Skakel brothers the night of the murder. She is also expected to be a grand jury witness.
Also seen at the courthouse Tuesday was Michael Sherman, a Stamford defense attorney hired by Michael Skakel last month. Sherman said he was at the courthouse on an unrelated manner.
Last week, a third suspect was eliminated when he was granted immunity to testify before the grand jury. Kenneth Littleton, who was a live-in tutor to the Skakel family, was given immunity for testimony concerning what he knew about the night Moxley was bludgeoned and stabbed with a golf club belonging to the Skakel family.