Arguments Next Week On Whether Skakel May Be Released On Bond

VERNON, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut judge has scheduled a hearing for arguments on whether he has the authority to release Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel from prison while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.

Judge Thomas Bishop will hold the hearing Wednesday in Rockville Superior Court.

Bishop last week ordered a new trial for Skakel, ruling his trial attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was found guilty in Moxley’s golf club bludgeoning. Skakel and Moxley were 15-year-old neighbors in wealthy Greenwich at the time of her death.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Bishop doesn’t have the authority to grant bond because of an automatic stay of his ruling while they appeal.

Skakel’s attorney says Bishop has the authority to grant bail.

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