Italian Court Overturns Amanda Knox's Murder Conviction

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Amanda Knox is, yet again, walking free.

After hours of deliberation, Knox was acquitted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, while studying in Perugia, Italy, on Nov. 2, 2007, during a “sex game.”

She was later convicted of murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison, despite a substantial lack of physical evidence. After four years in prison, an appeal trial released her from prison and she returned home to the U.S.

After listening to the case again, the Italian Supreme Court found her guilty in January 2014 and she, along with her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were sentenced to prison. Knox was sentenced to 28 years in prison, and Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Knox, who is now 27 and currently living in Seattle, Washington, did not attend her most recent trial. One of her lawyers, Giulia Bongiorno, argued that Knox’s original statement to the police exonerated her, although it was never catalogued as evidence. Carlo Dalla Vedova, another of Knox's lawyers, pointed to the lack of physical evidence. “There is not one trace of Amanda in the scene of the crime,” he said. He added the case was full of “grave judicial errors that must be set right.”

Sollecito, who is also on trial, appealed to Italy’s top criminal court and said there were errors of "colossal proportions” in the investigation, which led to the guilty verdict two times. Unlike Knox, his DNA was found at the crime scene on Kercher’s bra clasp, although the defense has argued the evidence was not processed correctly and could not be adequately matched to Sollecito.

A third person, Rudy Hermann Guede, was found guilt of murdering Kercher in 2008. He, like Knox and Sollecito, has maintained his innocence.

Source: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Guardian, CNN, BBC (2), The Telegraph (2)

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