Michael Skakel, the Kennedy cousin convincted in 2002 and serving 20 years to life in the 1975 slaying of a neighbor, will be retried, a judge has ruled.
Skakel's conviction was set aside Wednesday by a Connecticut judge who ruled that his attorney failed to adequately represent him in the 2002 trial.
Prosecutors say they will appeal the decision. Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, said he expects to file a motion for bail, seeking his release.
"We're very, very thrilled," Santos said. "I always felt that Michael was innocent."
Skakel argued that his trial lawyer, Michael Sherman, was negligent in defending him when he was convicted in the golf club bludgeoning of Martha Moxley.
Both Skakel and Moxley were 15 years old at the time of he death.