Amanda Knox's "brutal sex game" will be reheard by Italy’s court
"We are still convinced that they are the co-authors of Meredith's homicide," Perugia, Italy, prosecutor Giovanni Galati said, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.
The ruling means that the case against Ms. Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, will be sent back to be reheard at an appeals court in Florence.
In 2007, Ms. Knox, 20, moved to Perugia, Italy, to study Italian, German, and creative writing at the University for Foreigners for one year. She shared a house with Meredith Kercher, 21, a student from England, as well as two Italian women. In mid-October 2007 she began a romantic relationship with an Italian engineering student, Raffaele Sollecito, 24, from Bari, Apulia.
On November 1, 2007, Meredith Kercher was murdered in the apartment she shared with Knox. Her half-naked body was found under a duvet with her throat slit. On November 6, 2007, Knox was arrested by the Italian police and, along with Sollecito, charged with the murder of Kercher. Both were sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime, and Ms. Knox received an extra year for calumny after she falsely accused another man of committing the murder.
Prosecutors believed she was killed in a brutal sex game that went wrong.
Ms. Knox moved back to the US after her release from prison and is now a student at the University of Washington studying creative writing, according to David Marriott, the Knox family media adviser. She wrote a book “Waiting to be Heard”, which is expected to be published on April 30.
Mr. Sollecito has been living in Verona, where he is getting a degree in computer engineering. He did not come to the hearing on Monday.
“He didn’t want to get caught up in this mob scene, he didn’t want to be here,” said his father, Francesco Sollecito, who was present at the hearing with his wife.
If the acquittal is overturned, the case will go back to an appellate court, and Knox might have to return to Italy. If she refuses, the Italian government could appeal to the U.S. government for her extradition.
U.S. officials might reject such a request because it violates the U.S. legal principle that a criminal defendant can't be tried twice on the same allegation.
Italy's highest court of appeal overturned the acquittal of US student Amanda Knox on Tuesday and ordered a retrial over the murder of her British housemate, according to media reports.
Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito -- originally sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison for killing and sexually assaulting Meredith Kercher in 2007 -- were acquitted on appeal in 2011 after four years in prison. Both now face a retrial.
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