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October 5, 2011 by staff
Knox’s life, spent in prison for the past four years, turned dramatically on Monday when an Italian appeals court threw her conviction for murder in the death of her British roommate. The decision, prompted by doubts about the DNA tests surprised the victim’s family and infuriated prosecutors, who insists that she was one of the three people who killed 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.
“I’m really overwhelmed right now,” he told a news conference minutes after he was escorted off a flight from London. “I was looking down from the plane, and it seemed that everything was not real.”
Prosecutors have announced they are appealing the verdicts of Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, of Italy’s highest court.
Kercher family, said during an emotional news conference Monday that he had returned to “zero”.
“If those two are not to blame, then who are the guilty?” Lyle Kercher said, brother of the victim.
Prosecutors say Knox, Sollecito and another man killed Kercher during a game morbid sex for drugs. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison and Sollecito was 25, but the charge was blown up by a review of DNA arranged in the appeal trial that discredited the crucial genetic evidence.
Prosecutors say Knox’s DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife believed to be the murder weapon and Kercher’s DNA that was found in the leaf. They said that Sollecito’s DNA was on Kercher bra as part of a combination of tests also includes the genetic profile of the victim.
However, an independent review – ordered at the request of the defense, which had always contested the results – is that the police conducting the investigation gross errors in the evidence collected. Experts say the two substandard testing and possible contamination raised doubts about the attribution of DNA.
The review was crucial to dismiss the convictions because there is no reason has emerged and testimony of witnesses was contradictory.
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