Key witness to take stand in Knox appeal
Published 27/06/2011 | 05:00
The appeal hearing of American student Amanda Knox (left) against her murder conviction in Italy resumes today, with all eyes on an Ivorian man also convicted in the slaying, who will testify as a witness for the prosecution.
Rudy Hermann Guede is serving a 16-year prison sentence for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a British student who was stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with Knox in the Italian town of Perugia.
Knox and her co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, have also been convicted in the murder and are appealing.
Guede, who sought a fast-track procedure, was tried separately and has already exhausted all levels of appeals, with Italy's top criminal court upholding his conviction.
He will testify before the court hearing Knox and Sollecito's appeal at the opening of today's session, lawyers say.
Guede (24) was called by the prosecution to counter testimony by a fellow inmate who claimed he had information clearing Knox and Sollecito.
Convicted child-killer Mario Alessi told the court that Guede had confided in him during recreation time at the Viterbo prison in Italy that Knox and Sollecito had nothing to do with the killing.
Guede in the past has denied talking to Alessi about the case, and he is expected to repeat that when he takes the stand.