Friday 17 November 2017

Expert challenges DNA in Knox trial

Amanda Knox in court in Perugia, Italy, yesterday
Amanda Knox in court in Perugia, Italy, yesterday

Michael Day in Milan

THE final stages of Amanda Knox's appeal against her 26-year sentence for the murder of British flatmate Meredith Kercher began yesterday.

Both Knox (24) and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (27) were in the Perugia courtroom to hear prosecutors defend their conviction for the November 2007 killing, in which it is claimed Ms Kercher's throat was slashed after she refused to take part in a sex game.

Before the summer recess Knox and Sollecito, who deny any guilt, won a review of vital evidence.

Expert witnesses employed for the review testified that the tiny quantity of DNA available was not sufficient for reliable analysis.

They also said there was no trace of blood on the knife identified as the murder weapon.

But in yesterday's hearing, prosecutor Manuela Comodi claimed some of the original findings had not yet been presented to the court.

Knox's stepfather, Chris Mellas, who was in court, said afterwards the evidence that had convicted Knox was being demolished. "There's nothing left of the case," he said.

The appeal verdict is expected at the end of this month, or in early October. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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