After Skakel decision, ‘touch DNA’ may identify Moxley killer

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s motion to review the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision last May to vacate Michael Skakel’s conviction for the murder of Martha Moxley. As a result, the state faces a difficult choice — whether to try him again, knowing that, in view of the disappearance of some critical evidence, death of some key witnesses and discovery of some exculpatory evidence since his trial in 2002, there would be a low likelihood of a conviction, or accept dismissal of the charges against him.