Finding it difficult to maintain composure, Amanda Knox plead to an Italian court earlier today shortly before the courts deliberated her official sentencing. In 2009, Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were charged with the stabbing and rape of Amanda’s English roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox and Sollecito have since been trying to prove their innocence and regain their freedom.
Despite the confession Amanda Knox gave to Italian officials, supporters and lawyers for Knox claim that those confessions were attained unlawfully through extreme duress. Through the years Amanda Knox has gained infamy across the world, earning the nickname “Foxy Knoxy” at the peak of her 2009 trial. It seemed as though she had no hope until it was proven by two experts that the DNA evidence supporting her guilt was not reliable.
The verdict was due at 3:30 EDT – Meredith Kercher’s family is in Perugia to support the original sentence given to Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Kercher’s family is claiming that the world has already forgotten the brutal death of Meredith Kercher in 2007 at the very young age of 21.
“Everyone needs to remember the brutality of what happened and everything she went through, the fear and the terror and not knowing why,” said Stephanie Kercher, sister of the deceased victim.
5 Reasons for Possible Innocence
The defense for Amanda Knox believes that the confession obtained by Italian police should be inadmissible due to the manner in which it was attained. They state that not only was Amanda Knox interrogated for an excessive period of time but her lawyer was not present.
Inconsistencies in Evidence:
- Not only was the DNA not retrieved, documented and stored improperly, but the DNA was also retested and original evidence used to support the case against Knox was found to not be true.
- There was no blood on the DNA that was said to be the murder weapon.
- Contamination of the evidence could not be ruled out.
- The knife wounds found on Kercher’s body did not match the type of knife that was said to be the murder weapon.
There are no eye witnesses to the crime.
Lack of Motive:
From the start of this case in 2007 the prosecution has not been able to determine a motive for why Amanda Knox would kill her roommate and friend, Meredith Kercher.
Amanda Knox, Free At Last
A few minutes ago the courts gave the verdict to let Amanda Knox go home with her family to Washington in the United States. She can be thankful that the lack of DNA evidence is probably the main reason she was not convicted and was acquitted of murder.
Her then boyfriend and charged accomplice, Raffaele Sollecito was also found not guilty.
Hopefully she can overcome the trauma of four years in prison. She can finally return home and rebuild her life and reputation.
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