Knox stays in US as murder retrial opens
Amanda Knox's retrial for her alleged role in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher starts in Florence today, the latest chapter in a tortuous legal process that has dragged on for six years.
While the trial will reopen old wounds for the families involved in the tragedy, the two main protagonists will be absent from court.
Ms Knox (26) has confirmed that she has no intention of returning to Italy – not because she fears being incriminated again, she insists, but because she is innocent and in any case cannot afford the air fare.
Her co-accused, Raffaele Sollecito (29), is also likely to be a no-show for the start of the trial. His father says he will attend some of the retrial, but probably not the first hearing – under Italian law neither he nor Ms Knox are obliged to be in court. (© Daily Telegraph, London)