Testimony continues in Moxley murder probe

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Nov. 20 - The investigation into the killing of a Greenwich teen is apparently focusing in on friends of one potential suspect. The grand jury Friday heard testimony from two acquaintances of Michael Skakel, a nephew of the late U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy. Skakel is considered by many people to be the prime suspect in the killing of Martha Moxley

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     The 4-month-old grand jury probe has been under intense scrutiny by reporters from around the country as well as by friends and family members of just about everyone involved in the case. Authorities would not say who testified Friday, citing the secrecy of the grand jury proceeding. But a source close to the investigation said two acquaintances of Skakel appeared as witnesses.

     15-year-old Martha Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club on October 30th of 1975. An autopsy also revealed that Moxley’s attacker stabbed her through the throat with the club’s shaft after it broke during the beating. The woman’s 6-iron used to kill Martha was matched to a set owned by the Skakels, who lived near the Moxleys in Grennwich’s exclusive Belle Haven community.

     Michael Skakel, who was 15 at the time of Moxley’s death, and his brother, Thomas, then 17, have been identified by authorities as the only two remaining suspects in the case. Both boys were among a group of friends who were with Martha the night she was murdered, but have denied any involvement in the killing. Their father, Rushton Skakel, Ethel Kennedy’s brother, has been fighting a move by investigators in the case to force him to return to Connecticut to testify. He currently lives in Hobe Sound, Florida. Both of the younger Skakels live in Massachusetts.

     Bridgeport Superior Court Judge George Thim began hearing evidence in July in the long-stalled case after Chief Court Administrator Aaron Ment appointed him to conduct a one-man grand jury investigation. Interest in the Moxley murder was revived this spring after two books were published, including one by former Los Angles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman.

     In “Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley?” Fuhrman claims Michael Skakel admitted during a group therapy session at Elan, a private school in Maine for emotionally disturbed teenagers, that he had killed Moxley with a golf club. Fuhrman also said Skakel later recanted the confession.