Attorneys spar over trial location in Skakel case
STAMFORD, Connecticut (CNN) -- Kennedy relative Michael Skakel appeared in court Thursday as attorneys sparred over whether his trial should be held here or moved to Bridgeport.
Citing convenience, prosecutors want to move the case to Bridgeport, about 25 miles north. Their offices are in Bridgeport. Defense attorneys object to the proposal.
"There is no reason why we should actively manipulate the mechanics of this case for the convenience of the state's attorney," said Michael Sherman, an attorney for Skakel.
Assistant state's attorney Susan Gill said parts of the case have already been handled in Bridgeport, and the move would make sense.
Judge John F. Kavanewsky will issue a written ruling on the matter.
Skakel said nothing during the 35-minute hearing. Accompanied by a bodyguard, he entered Stamford Superior Court, sat down and stared straight ahead.
He spoke only with his defense team. He is charged with the 1975 killing of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley when both were 15 years old.
Defense attorneys are appealing an earlier ruling to try Skakel, now 40, as an adult in the case.
Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy.
A probable cause hearing is scheduled for April 18, and the location is up to the judge.
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