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'You've got the wrong guy': A timeline of the Skakel case

A Connecticut judge ordered the release of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel on $1.2 million bond after his murder conviction of Martha Moxley was overturned.

Here are some of the key dates in the Martha Moxley murder investigation:

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Undated photo of Martha Moxley released as evidence during the trial of Michael Skakel

  • Oct. 31, 1975: Martha Moxley found beaten to death under a tree on her family's estate.
  • Aug. 9, 1991: The state's attorney announces it is taking a new look at the unsolved murder.
  • June 17, 1998: A one-judge grand jury is convened for an investigation that will last more than a year and involve dozens of witnesses.
  • Jan. 19, 2000: After a warrant for his arrest is issued, Skakel surrenders and is charged with murder as a juvenile. "You've got the wrong guy," he protests.
  • June 21, 2000: At a pre-trial hearing, two of Skakel's former classmates at the Elan School in Maine testify that he confessed to them decades earlier.
  • Jan. 31, 2001: Judge rules that Skakel should be tried as an adult and orders the case transferred to state Superior Court.
  • April 2, 2002: Trial begins with jury selection.
  • June 7, 2002: Jury convicts Skakel.
  • Aug. 29, 2002: Skakel sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
  • Nov. 22, 2003: Defense files the first of its appeals, arguing in part that he should have been tried as a juvenile.
  • Jan. 13, 2006: State Supreme Court rejects Skakel's appeal.
  • Nov. 13, 2006: U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Skakel's appeal.
  • April 17, 2007: Skakel launches a new appeal based on claim from ex-classmate that two of his friends are culprits.
  • Oct. 25, 2007: Judge rejects bid for a new trial, finding the new witness lacks credibility.
  • Sept. 27, 2010: Skakel's team files new appeal, this time arguing his trial lawyer was incompetent.
  • March 6, 2012: Three-judge panel rejects Skakel's request for a sentence reduction.
  • Oct. 24, 2012: Skakel is denied parole.
  • Oct. 23, 2013: An appellate judge orders a new trial for Skakel, finding his lawyer did a poor job.
  • Nov. 21, 2013: Skakel ordered released on $1.2 million bond pending a new trial.