Nightly News   |  November 21, 2013

Kennedy nephew Skakel released from prison on bail

Michael Skakel, 53, has been released after more than 11 years in prison for a murder he says he never committed. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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>>> as we mentioned, a stunning reversal of fortune for michael skakel , carolyn kennedy 's nephew, who was convicted in one of the country's most famous murder mysteries . tonight he walks out of prison. we get the latest report in connecticut .

>> reporter: 50-year-old michael skakel walked into the crisp fall air, liberated, though not quite free, after almost 11 years in prison for a murder he says he never committed.

>> hopefully we are at the first step of righting that wrong and making sure that an innocent man now goes free.

>> reporter: skakel posted $1.2 million cash bail while he awaits a possible retrial of the 1975 bludgeoning death of a school girl . on halloween in 1975 , martha mox moxley's body was found in the yard of her family's home in greenwich, connecticut . police believe she was beaten by a bat nearby. skakel's ties to the kennedy family kept him in the spotlight with books and interviews proclaiming his guilt. but it would be 25 years before skakel was indicted for the murder.

>> day 1 in the trial of michael skakel .

>> reporter: and his trial became a cable tv event with his attorney a frequent guest. in 2002 , skakel was convicted and sent to prison. since then the skakel family has reportedly spared no expense, spending millions on reporters and private investigators to prove his innocence. it paid off. last month skakel's conviction was overturned. the state is appealing the decision.

>> michael skakel still faces murder charges. and if an appeals court agrees with the prosecutor that he shouldn't get a new trial, then he will be back in prison.

>> reporter: now with skakel home for the holidays , the victim's mother and brother are left to hope that the person who took they are life is sent to prison. with an appeals court decision pending after nearly 40 years, the murder of martha moxley is unresolved yet again. this, bc news, stanford, connecticut .