updated 1/12/2006 10:24:22 PM ET 2006-01-13T03:24:22

The state’s highest court has upheld Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction, according to the victim’s mother, who said she was notified of the decision by prosecutors.

Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 of bludgeoning his neighbor, Martha Moxley, to death with a golf club in 1975 in wealthy Greenwich. Skakel, who along with the victim was 15 at the time, is serving 20 years to life in prison.

He appealed his conviction to the Connecticut Supreme Court last year, arguing among other things that the statute of limitations had expired when he was charged in 2000.

Dorthy Moxley, Martha’s mother, told The Associated Press on Thursday that she was told by prosecutors that the high court had rejected Skakel’s appeal. She said she was told that the decision would be announced Friday.

“I’m not at all doubtful Michael did this. I know he did this,” Moxley said. “I hope this is the last we’ll hear of them.”

A prosecutor and defense attorney declined to speak publicly about the case.

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