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Key Witness in Skakel Case Dies

August 8, 2001

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ A key prosecution witness in the murder case against Kennedy nephew Michael Skakel has died of an apparent heroin overdose, Skakel’s lawyer said Wednesday.

Gregory Coleman, who attended a substance abuse program in Maine with Skakel, testified that Skakel once told him: ``I’m gonna get away with murder. I’m a Kennedy.″

But Coleman also admitted during a hearing in April that he was under the influence of heroin when he testified before a grand jury about the case.

Skakel’s defense lawyer, Michael Sherman, said Coleman died of a heroin overdose in Rochester, N.Y. Police in Rochester did not immediately return a telephone call seeking details.

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