Criminal Justice

Kennedy Cousin Freed on Bail While Awaiting New Murder Trial

Michael Skakel killed Martha Moxley in the 70s


Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was released from prison Thursday after a judge granted bail while prosecutors appeal a judge's ruling giving him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of his teenage neighbor Martha Moxley.

Judge Thomas Bishop set bond at $1.2 million, with the condition that Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, wear a GPS-tracking device and remain in the state. He also is to have no contact with the Moxley family and must check in with a bail commissioner periodically.