Amanda Knox: Amanda Knox Appeal
February 15, 2012 by staff
Amanda Knox: Amanda Knox Appeal, Italian prosecutors began an appeal Tuesday against the acquittal of American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
Prosecutors in Perugia filed the 111-page appeal to Italy’s highest criminal court, the Court of Cassation in Rome, more than four months after Knox had her guilty verdict and 26-year prison sentence overturned.
Raffaele Sollecito, her former boyfriend, also had his guilty verdict and 25-year jail sentence quashed.
Kercher, 21, was found stabbed to death in the house she shared with Knox and two other women in Perugia in 2007. Her body bore more than 40 injuries and lay in a pool of blood on the floor.
Prosecutors claimed that she had been killed during a drug-fuelled, frenzied sex attack by Knox, Sollecito and a third attacker, a local drifter named Rudy Guede. Guede, originally from the Ivory Coast, is serving a 16-year sentence – reduced on appeal from 30 years.
The convictions of Knox and Sollecito were thrown out by an appeals court in October, with the judges and jury deciding that the DNA evidence and witness testimony used to convict them were unreliable.
But Giovanni Galati, a Perugia prosecutor, insisted yesterday that the acquittal contained “omissions and many mistakes” and said he was “convinced” that Knox, 24, and her then-boyfriend carried out the killing. Their acquittal was “contradictory and illogical,” he said.
The Court of Cassation is expected to make a ruling on the case toward the end of the year.
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