March 27 2015:
A top appeals court in Italy has cleared Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The court’s decision is the final ruling in the long-running case.
Amanda Knox has said that she feels “tremendously relieved” after the verdict
Knox’s former room-mate in Italy was discovered on the floor of her bedroom in Italy with her throat cut and signs of sexual assault
Another man, Rudy Hermann Guede, born in Ivory Coast, was also convicted in a separate trial and is serving a 16-year sentence for his role in the murder
The murder trial story:
Knox and Sollecito, were found guilty in 2009, then freed in 2011 after the convictions were overturned. Their convictions were reinstated by another court 2014.
After the verdict, Amanda Knox vowed she “is going to fight this to the very end”. Knox spoke on American Television saying she felt like she had been hit by a train.
The family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher have also been speaking. We “are still on a journey to the truth”. They expected the US to support the extradition of Knox.
Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend were found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher at the end of a re-trial in Florence. The two had pleaded not guilty – but now face long jail sentences. Knox refused to attend and said she was prepared to be a fugitive from Italian justice if convicted.
In newspaper reports Amanda was asked what she would do if found guilty of killing the British student in Perugia in 2007, Knox replied: “In that case I will be… a fugitive.”
Amanda Knox had said she would not go to Italy for the retrial of the Meredith Kercher murder case.
Knox spoke to ITV’s Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones live from Seattle. The American explained her reasons for not returning to Italy, how she felt about being hunted and how she hoped to one day be able to visit Meredith’s grave. Amanda said she is trying to rebuild her life after ‘ultimate nightmare’ of being wrongfully convicted of the student’s murder.
The legal battle has come to an end.
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) March 28, 2015
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