Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend now says he was NOT with her for the entire evening when Meredith Kercher was killed
Sollecito lawyers say American was ‘not with him the entire evening’
Published 01/07/2014 | 16:16
Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito has made a fresh appeal that could undermine her alibi for what happened on the night the British student Meredith Kercher was killed in Italy.
In a further bid to distance his defence from that of his former lover, Sollecito told a press conference in Rome that he was unable to say where Knox had been during the early part of the that evening in Perugia.
Lawyers speaking for the Italian said that when he had previously described being with Knox that day he “always meant he spent the night with Amanda”.
“But for the entire first part of the evening, they were not together. It’s this first part of the evening that’s new [to his defence],” his lawyer Giulia Bongiorno was reported as saying.
Prior to the press conference, various members of the Italian press had quoted sources in Sollecito’s legal team as saying he had been “home alone that night” or that he was “only sure about the fact that he was at home”, clearly opening up the possibility that Knox was not there.
Also speaking today in Rome, Sollecito said: “I’m not here to change my story; only a crazy person or a criminal would do that.” But he added that he was “not the guarantor of Amanda Knox, I am Raffaele Sollecito”.
The Italian has been seeking to distinguish his role in the case from that of Knox since the pair were once again found guilty of Kercher’s 2007 murder in January this year.
Speaking to CNN in February, he said: “There is nothing against me and nothing very strong against Amanda. And in my case, I really did nothing wrong, and I don't want to pay for someone else's peculiar behaviour.”
Those comments were acknowledged at the time by Knox, who wrote on her Facebook page that Sollecito was a “scapegoat” and that “the only reason he has been dragged into this is because he happens to be my alibi”.
Today, Sollecito said that the Florence appeals court that reconvicted them both had also cited a memo from Knox saying he was not involved. And the 30-year-old cited a text message from Knox that he said similarly backed his claim of innocence.
He nonetheless stressed that he is still convinced that Knox is also innocent. She is not in Italy, having remained in Seattle to avoid jail.
Earlier this year the Florence court issued a 337-page document saying it was Knox who delivered the fatal knife blow to her 21-year-old roommate Kercher, adding that her wounds indicate multiple aggressors.
In its explanation the appeal court said that a third person convicted of the murder, Rudy Hermann Guede, did not act alone, and cited the nature of the victim's wounds, as well as finger imprints on her body indicating she had been restrained.
Guede was convicted in a separate trial of sexually assaulting and stabbing Ms Kercher. His 16-year sentence - reduced on appeal from 30 years - was upheld in 2010 by Italy's highest court, which also said he had not acted alone.
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