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Friend of murder victim says she told Skakel trial attorney about claim implicating others

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Michael Skakel, right, talks to Jessica Santos, one of his defense attorneys, at his habeas corpus hearing at Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Conn., on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Skakel is serving 20 years to life for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley when they were 15. His appeal argues that he was deprived of effective legal representation in his first trial. (AP Photo/Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick, Pool) (The Associated Press)

A murder victim's friend says she told Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's attorney before his trial that she had heard two other men were responsible for the killing, but he told her that account didn't appear credible.

Marjorie Walker Hauer testified Friday she told Michael Sherman about Gitano "Tony" Bryant's claim that two other men had killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975. Skakel's current attorneys have accused Sherman of ignoring the claim as they appeal Skakel's conviction, saying he was deprived of his right to effective legal representation.

Skakel earlier sought a new trial based on Bryant's claim, but a judge also rejected it as not credible.

Skakel is serving 20 years to life in prison for Moxley's golf club bludgeoning when they were neighbors in Greenwich.

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