NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Supporters of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel (SKAY'-kul) say he deserves to be paroled after serving a decade in prison for a 1975 killing, but the victim's family says he should remain imprisoned the rest of his life.
Skakel's first parole hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Suffield. Officials say Skakel is eligible to be released in April if parole officials approve it.
The 52-year-old Skakel is serving 20 years to life for beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in Greenwich (GREN'-ich) when they were 15-year-old neighbors. Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy.
Skakel's supporters say he's a model inmate and was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Moxley's mother and brother say he was properly convicted and shows no remorse.