TODAY   |  November 21, 2013

Kennedy cousin Skakel may be released from prison

Michael Skakel, a Kennedy family cousin, may be released from prison after a judge overturned his conviction in the 1975 bludgeoning death of 15-year-old Martha Moxley. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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>> we go to connecticut where a bond hearing is being held for michael skakel , he is awaiting a few trial after his conviction after his conviction of murder of a neighbor was thrown out in a high security . ron, good morning.

>> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning to you. michael skakel and his famous extended famdly have spent years and money and today their wish may come true. though a jiri found him guilty in the 1975 bludgeoning death of 15-year-old connecticut school girl martha moxley , michael skakel may leave the courtroom a free man. he is due in court for a bond hearing that could determine whether he remains jailed or is released await allege possible retrial after a judge overturned his 2002 conviction last month.

>> this is an extremely rare case. what michael skakel had in his favor was vast resources to hire the best attorneys and private investigators to continue to fight for him ten years after he was incarcerated.

>> reporter: that multi-million dollar fight is detailed this week in the new york times.

>> obviously, money is a factor. the big question is whether the right person is serving a sentence for a crime he didn't commit.

>> reporter: mar that moxley's mother says she is still convinced stake el who lived next door at the time beat her daughter to death with a golf club . she was found on halloween 38 years ago.

>> a crime he never committed.

>> reporter: skakels defenders have championed his innocence.

>> michael skakel is innocent. michael skakel was 11 miles away with five eyewitnesses when this murder occurred. the problem whereas his one crime was that he had a very, very poor representation.

>> reporter: the state has hasn't announced whether it will retry skakel.