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Italian Supreme Court Considers Overturning Acquittal and Retrying Amanda Knox

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Amanda Knox awaits a ruling from Italy's Supreme Court on Monday regarding whether they will overturn her acquittal in the 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher and allow prosecutors to retry her.

The American student abroad served four years of a 26-year sentence in Italy, after being convicted of killing her roommate when she was 20 years old. Kercher, 21, was found stabbed in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia, Umbra, Italy, on Nov. 1, 2007. Kercher had been sexually assaulted and her throat was cut.

After a jury of six Italian citizens and two judges deliberated for 11 hours, Knox was acquitted on Oct. 3, 2011. Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian boyfriend at the time, had also been convicted of murder and acquitted in 2011.

In Italy, prosecutors can appeal acquittals. On Monday the The Court of Cassation will consider prosecutors who argue the acquittals should be thrown out and Knox and Sollecito retried.

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Perugia prosecutor Giovanni Galati was quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA as saying, “We are still convinced that they are the co-authors of Meredith's homicide.”

If the acquittal is overturned, Knox may have to return to Italy as the case returns to appellate court. If she refuses, the Italian government will have to appeal to the U.S. for extradition.

Knox spent the last year in her hometown of Seattle, Wash., studying at the University of Washington.

Her attorney Luciano Ghirga said he spoke to a “very anxious” Knox over the phone.

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A third defendant in the murder case was Ivorian driver, Rudy Guede, who was also separately tried and convicted of the murder in October 2008. Sentenced to 30 years in prison, Guede appealed and received a shortened sentence of 16 years in 2009.

(CNN, Fox News)