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Friend testifies of lead in Skakel case

VERNON, Conn. — A murder victim’s friend said she told Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s lawyer before his trial that she had heard two other men were responsible for the killing, but he told her the account did not appear credible.

Marjorie Walker Hauer testified Friday that she told ­Michael Sherman about Gitano ‘‘Tony’’ Bryant’s assertion that two other men had killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975. Skakel’s current lawyers have accused Sherman of ignoring the statement as they appeal Skakel’s conviction, saying he was deprived of his right to effective legal representation.

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