Amanda Knox gets big boost in murder conviction appeal
Published 25/07/2011 | 14:34
American student Amanda Knox received a big boost in her Italian murder conviction appeal today after independent anyalysts rejected the prosecution's claims of finding DNA on two crucial pieces of evidence.
The DNA had been used to convict Knox of killing her roommate.
Ms Knox, (23) looked pale and fragile, but gave her mother a small smile at the start of the hearing that could determine whether she is released from prison or finish her 26 year sentence.
She was convicted alongside her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of stabbing her British roommate Meredith Kercher to death in November 2007 in Perugia, Italy, where both girls were spending the year studying.
The two analysts testified that they had found no DNA or blood on the blade of a knife found in Mr Sollecito's kitchen that prosecutors claimed was the murder weapon.
The experts also said there was no DNA on Kercher's bra clasp that was recovered from the crime scene six weeks after the murder.
The independent DNA experts also discredited the way evidence was gathered.
Laughter erupted in the courtroom as a video of the detectives collecting DNA evidence was shown,
It showed the detectives doing the exact opposite of what the experts had just described was the proper method.