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Friend testifies of lead in Skakel case

Michael Skakel spoke to one of his lawyers at his hearing in Vernon, Conn. Marjorie Walker Hauer, below, testified.

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Michael Skakel spoke to one of his lawyers at his hearing in Vernon, Conn. Marjorie Walker Hauer, below, testified.

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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Skakel earlier sought a new trial based on Bryant’s assertion, but a judge also rejected it as not credible.

Skakel is serving 20 years to life in prison for Moxley’s golf club bludgeoning when they were neighbors in Greenwich.

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