Thursday 24 August 2017

Knox to learn fate over retrial

Tom Kington Rome

The sister of Meredith Kercher, the murdered British student, said that she was still searching for justice as the family prepares for a hearing today that could reopen the case against Amanda Knox.

Judges are due to rule on whether to order retrials for Ms Knox, the American student who shared a flat with Ms Kercher in the Italian town of Perugia, and Ms Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Both were acquitted on appeal of murdering Ms Kercher in 2007. Today's Supreme Court hearing is a second and final appeal in the case.

"There are still many unanswered questions," said Stephanie Kercher. "We hope the last steps of the trial will help to give us some answers about what happened on November 1, 2007." Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito spent four years in jail before they were cleared of taking part in the brutal stabbing of Ms Kercher (21) in her bedroom in Perugia. The Kerchers' lawyer Francesco Maresca claimed the acquittals of Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito were "defective", adding that he was pushing for a retrial.

The appeal court rejected key evidence against Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito after ordering new analysis of DNA found on a knife belonging to Mr Sollecito, and on Ms Kercher's bra strap.

Ms Knox is preparing to publish her memoir in America, while Mr Sollecito is studying robotics in Verona. Neither will attend today's hearing. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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