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Michael Skakel Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 7:42 AM EST, Fri November 22, 2013
Michael Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy Skakel, the widow of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
Michael Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy Skakel, the widow of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Michael Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy.

Personal:
Birth date: September 19, 1960

Birth name: Michael Skakel

Father: Rushton Skakel Sr.

Mother: Anne Skakel

Marriage: Margot Sheridan (1991 - 2001, divorced)

Children: George, 1999

Education: Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, B.A., 1993

Other Facts:
Both Skakel and victim Martha Moxley were 15 years old at the time, and lived near each other in Greenwich, Connecticut.

His older brother, Tommy, and their live-in tutor, Kenneth Littleton, were also suspects.

Prosecutors claimed Skakel killed Moxley in a jealous rage.

Dominick Dunne's 1993 bestselling novel "A Season in Purgatory" is based on the case.

Timeline:
October 30, 1975 - Martha Moxley fails to return home after her evening out concludes with a stop at the Skakel home to visit Tommy and Michael Skakel, Kennedy nephews by marriage.

October 31, 1975 - Martha's body is discovered around midday. She was beaten to death with a golf club, which is found near her body. Tommy Skakel is questioned by the police.

1994 - Michael Skakel works as an aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy's re-election campaign.

1998 - Two books based on the crime are published - "Greentown," by Timothy Dumas, and "Murder in Greenwich," by Mark Fuhrman.

June 17, 1998 - Superior Court Judge George Thim begins an 18-month one-person grand jury to review the information gathered by investigators.

January 19, 2000 - An arrest warrant for an unnamed juvenile is issued in the Moxley murder. Later the same day, Skakel surrenders to police and is released on $500,000 bond.

June 21, 2000 - At a pre-trial hearing, two of Skakel's former classmates at the Elan School in Maine testify that he had confessed to them back in the 1970s, "I'm gonna get away with murder. I'm a Kennedy."

January 31, 2001 - The courts rule Skakel will be tried as an adult.

May 7, 2002 - Testimony begins in the case.

June 7, 2002 - Skakel is convicted and is incarcerated at Garner Correctional Institution in Newton, Connecticut.

August 29, 2002 - Skakel is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in April 2013.

November 2002 - He is transferred to Cheshire Correctional Institution in Cheshire, Connecticut.

April 14, 2003 - Skakel is transferred to MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Connecticut.

November 24, 2003 - Attorneys file an appeal, seeking to overturn his murder conviction.

January 13, 2006 - The conviction is upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

November 13, 2006 - The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Skakel's appeal, meaning his conviction still stands.

April 17, 2007 - Skakel's petition for a new trial begins. Former high school classmate Gitano "Tony" Bryant says two of his friends were involved in the murder, not Skakel.

October 25, 2007 - Petition for new trial is denied as the judge finds statements not credible that Bryant and his two friends, all African-American, could go unnoticed in the mostly white neighborhood.

November 6, 2007 - Skakel's lawyers file a writ of habeas corpus and petition for a new trial in federal district court.

September 27, 2010 - Skakel's lawyers file for a new appeal claiming that his trial attorney, Michael Sherman, was incompetent in that he failed to obtain evidence from prosecuting attorneys pointing to other suspects and that Sherman's own financial problems drew his focus away from the case. Sherman pleaded guilty in June to failing to pay $400,000 in federal income taxes.

February 8, 2011 - Skakel testifies in his appeal hearing, the fourth attempt at overturning his conviction.

March 6, 2012 - Appeal is denied by three-judge panel of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

October 24, 2012 - Skakel is denied parole by the state parole board in Suffield, Connecticut.

October 23, 2013 - A Connecticut judge orders a new trial for Skakel, saying defense attorney Michael Sherman's representation of Skakel was "constitutionally deficient."

November 21, 2013 - Skakel walks out of court on a $1.2 million bond. Superior Court Judge Gary White set several conditions for the bail, including ordering Skakel to wear a GPS device and report to a bail commissioner.

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