History of the Sea Cattle Essay

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History of the Sea Cattle

NORWALK, Connecticut (CNN) -- Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of Michael
Skakel, charged with the murder of his teen-age neighbor 26 years ago.


Martha Moxley, Skakel's 15-year-old neighbor, was found bludgeoned to death with a golf
club outside her home in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut, on October 31, 1975.


Skakel, now 41 and the nephew of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, was charged with the crime
in January 2000, largely on the strength of witnesses who said he either admitted to
killing Moxley or said he could have killed her in an alcohol-induced blackout.


Skakel's attorney, Mickey Sherman, told CNN he would use the prosecution's own expert witnesses to disprove their case.

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"If we knew and if he knew (who killed Moxley), he would be the first one to rat the
person out, no matter who it was," Sherman said. "He doesn't know, he wasn't there, he
didn't do it, he had no part in it, and he has no knowledge of it."


Two new twists are expected to highlight the trial: For the first time, a jury may hear
Michael Skakel's voice on tape describing his sexual attraction to the slain girl, and
Michael's brother, Tommy, once a chief suspect, may testify about his actions the night of
the murder. He has never testified under oath about the case.


The unsolved case languished for more than two decades until a judge was named in June
1998 to act as a one-man investigative grand jury. He ruled in January that there was
enough evidence to charge Skakel with murder. Skakel, now a Florida resident, was then
arrested and released on $500,000 bond.


The night before the murder, Michael, then 15, and his brother Tommy, then 17, had gone to
dinner at a country club and then returned home, where they met up with Martha and a group
of friends. It was "Devil's Night," when many neighborhood teens play pranks and stay out
late.


According to police reports, Tommy was the last person seen with Martha, about 9:30 p.m. October 30.

After the body was discovered around 12:30 p.m. the next day, police searched the
neighborhood, including the Skakel house, where they found a set of rare Tony Penna golf
clubs, the type used to beat Martha to death. The six-iron, which police now consider the
murder weapon, was missing.


Though pieces of a six-iron, including the head, were found in the vicinity of the body, a
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