Moxley 'privilege' discounted;
Prosecutors still press for possible confession
By DANIEL TEPFER, Staff writer, Conn Post

BRIDGEPORT - Though there might be an air of confidentiality at a private school in Maine where a nephew of Ethel 'and Robert Kennedy is alleged to have admitted murdering a Greenwich teenagers prosecutors say there is no "privilege" preventing students and staff from testifying in an inquiry.

State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict and Executive Assistant State's Attorney Dominick Galluzzo finished presenting witnesses Tuesday in their effort to convince Superior Court Judge Edward Stodolinik to allow them to use the testimony in the Martha Moxley murder case.

The judge is scheduled to hear arguments Dec. 9.

Moxley, 15, was beaten to death with a golf club Oct. 30, 1975, on the grounds of her family's home in the exclusive gated community of Belle Haven in Greenwich. No one has been charged in the slaying.

Investigators have said their suspects in the murder include Michael Skakel and his brother, Thomas, nephews of the Kennedys.

Both Michael, then 15, and Thomas, then 17, were among a group of friends who were with Martha the night she was murdered. Her body was found the next day on her family's estate. The golf club used to kill her was matched to a set owned by the Skakel family.

Both Michael and Thomas Skakel maintain their innocence. A one-man grand jury, Superior Court Judge George Thim, is conducting the investigation.

Benedict and Galluzzo claim to know several employees and former residents of the Elan School in Poland Spring, Maine, who overheard Michael Skakel admit to killing Moxley. Skakel was at the school from 1978 to 1980.

However, lawyers for the school and Skakel claim that anything Skakel might have said is covered under federal, Maine and Connecticut laws protecting doctor-patient privilege.

Daniel Tepfer, who covers state courts, can be reached at 203-330-6308.