Skakel Testifies in Murder Appeal

By John Christoffersen
|  Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 2:47 PM EDT
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Skakel Testifies in Murder Appeal

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Michael Skakel will testify at a hearing on Thursday.

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Michael Skakel took the stand Thursday at a hearing to appeal his 2002 murder conviction.

Attorneys argue Skakel's trial lawyer, Michael Sherman, got caught up in the limelight of the high-profile case and did not competently represent the Kennedy cousin.

Skakel is serving 20 years to life for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Martha Moxley when they were 15-year-old neighbors in Greenwich.

In testimony at Rockville Superior Court on Thursday, Skakel called Sherman a "media whore."    He said Sherman once asked him to sign an autograph for a child at court.

Hubert Santos, Skakel's current attorney, asked Skakel about Sherman's conduct during the trial.  Skakel claimed Sherman would often hang out with members of the media during lunch breaks.

Skakel said he saw Sherman get out of a limousine with writer Dominick Dunne, whom Skakel considered his mortal enemy.  Dunne authored "A Season in Purgatory", a fictionalized account based on Moxley's murder.

Sherman says he did all he could to prevent Skakel's conviction and denies he was distracted by media attention.

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