Bail hearing begins for Kennedy cousin Skakel

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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Michael Skakel listens to Judge Trial Referee Thomas Bishop's ruling during a hearing in Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Conn., to determine if he could be released while awaiting a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley. A bail hearing for Skakel is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Stamford Superior Court where he is expected to be released while awaiting a new trial. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham, Pool, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A hearing is underway in Connecticut where Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel is expected to get his first taste of freedom in years while prosecutors appeal a ruling giving him a new trial in the 1975 killing of a neighbor.

Skakel appeared Thursday at the bond hearing in Stamford Superior Court. A judge ruled last month that Skakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted in Martha Moxley's bludgeoning with a golf club in wealthy Greenwich (GREN'-ich) when they were 15.

Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, has been serving 20 years to life.

Robert Kennedy Jr. said this week that he feels "pure joy" over the prospect of his cousin being released.

Moxley's mother has said she remains convinced Skakel is guilty.