(NEWSER) – The Kennedy cousin convicted of murdering his neighbor in 1975 will soon be free on bail. Michael Skakel was granted bail of $1.2 million today, and he was expected to be freed shortly, the AP reports. He'll have to stay in Connecticut and wear a GPS tracker, the judge ruled. Skakel, nephew to Ethel Kennedy, was granted a new trial last month after a judge ruled his lawyer in the original trial did not represent him adequately. "Everybody in my family knows that Michael is innocent," said Robert Kennedy Jr. this week. "The only crime that he committed was having a bad lawyer."

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