Italian Supreme Court judges ruled Tuesday that American Amanda Knox should stand trial again for the death of her former roommate in Italy. Knox was in prison for four years before an appellate court overturned her murder conviction in the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher. She returned to the U.S. in 2011.
The judges also ruled that Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, will face a new trial over Kercher's death.
"It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in Meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair,” Knox, 25, said in a statement.
“I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele's sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith's family. Our hearts go out to them.”
Knox is now living in the Seattle area. The retrial is not expected until sometime early next year. It is unknown whether Knox would travel back to Italy for the trial or if she would choose to stay in the U.S. The Italian court may order her to return and if she refuses, they could request extradition proceedings from the U.S. government, reports CNN.
However even if that happens, officials might deny the request because it violates the U.S. legal principle that a criminal defendant can't be tried twice on the same allegation.
The Italian legal system does not have a principle which prevents authorities from retrying a criminal defendant who has been acquitted of a charge.