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Prosecutor demands 26-year sentence for Amanda Knox, cites knife evidence

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Italian Prosecutor Demands Knox Be Found Guilty For Murder


FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - An Italian prosecutor on Tuesday demanded that an appellate court find Amanda Knox guilty of the 2007 murder of her British roommate and sentence her to 26 years for the killing.

Prosecutor Alessandro Crini made the demand after more than 10 hours of closing arguments over two days during which he argued that Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito acted in concert with a third man, who was convicted separately, in an explosion of violence sparked by tensions between the roommates over cleanliness.

Meredith Kercher's 2007 murder in the idyllic hillside town of Perugia is getting its third trial after Italy's highest court annulled an appellate ruling overturning the guilty verdicts against Knox and her co-defendant and former boyfriend Sollecito. They were convicted in the first trial, and sentenced to 26 years and 25 years, respectively.

Italy Slain Student

Crini demanded 26 years for Sollecito, and also urged a four-year sentence for Knox for slander, for falsely blaming Kercher's murder on a Congolese-born bar owner, Diya "Patrick" Lumumba. Knox's slander conviction has been upheld by the high court.

Knox returned to the United States a free woman in 2009 after the appellate court ruling, having already served four years during the investigation and earlier trials, and remained there for this trial. Sollecito, who is also free, has attended two hearings to date.

Kercher's body was found in a pool of blood in her locked bedroom on Nov. 2, 2007. Her throat was slit and there were signs of sexual aggression. Crini departed from past scenarios, saying the crime was not so much sexually fueled - or as the lower court prosecutor described it a sex game gone out of control - but an act of physical aggression with a sexual expression.

Kercher, 21, was stripped naked during the attack, and prosecutors allege that her bra was removed with a knife that tore off a clasp, one among the most-disputed pieces of evidence in the case. Guede was convicted of the murder on evidence that included physical evidence on the victim's vagina. He is serving a 16-year sentence after a fast-track trial.

Crini alleges that Guede may have sparked new tensions over cleanliness after he defecated in a toilet inside the hillside apartment and left it unflushed. Crini said Guede, who was friendly with young men living in a neighboring apartment, had done the same thing the previous week.

"It is an absolutely disgusting and incongruous habit that he evidently had," Crini said.

Testimony in previous trials had cited tensions between Kercher and Knox over the level of cleanliness in the house they shared with two Italian roommates.

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LuvMyGaMtns4 November 27 2013 at 1:09 AM

We could stop this..Lets sign a petition to STOP this harassment of Amanda Knox..She is an American citizen who is being harassed into a political statement of murder..SHE is INNOCENT..

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dedndogyrs LuvMyGaMtns4 November 27 2013 at 7:50 AM

There's are places on the Internet where you can start a petition about anything. I guess you could find one on Google search.

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chuck November 27 2013 at 1:45 AM

this is a scam. i hope she never goes back to that country to be put in jail for nothing.

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hollowayhalls chuck November 27 2013 at 3:43 AM

If she doesn't go back and fight it, there will always be doubt

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LuvMyGaMtns4 November 27 2013 at 1:05 AM

we need to get a petition going around to leave Amanda knox alone..

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hollowayhalls LuvMyGaMtns4 November 27 2013 at 3:41 AM

Why?

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birds2nv November 26 2013 at 10:19 PM

Double jeopardy she's here now, if they knew she was guilty why did they release her? Reminds me of the old movie They Made Me A Criminal with John Garfield's character Johnny being chased by detective Claude Raines.

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willowreed birds2nv November 26 2013 at 10:44 PM

'double jeopardy' is our law, not theirs. our law does not circumvent or trump their law. she needs to stay here and let them howl all they want.

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Fuzzybaxter November 26 2013 at 10:01 PM

good luck getting her to come back.

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ONeAdaGalS November 26 2013 at 11:02 PM

I hadn't heard about this roommate murder case for a few years and reading this article, made the old and new evidence more complicated with 3 people charged with murder over poop in the toilet ....very confusing

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steve cutie ONeAdaGalS November 26 2013 at 11:12 PM

Yes it is called the Poop Poop Poop in the Soup.

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lashby16812 November 27 2013 at 12:04 AM

Italian prosecutors just want to win. They dont care about Justice or Truth.

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pughugsscassidy November 26 2013 at 9:09 PM

Entire case handled very poorly by the Italian police and then the prosecutor. These kids were found guilty by the prosecutor promising the true killer a shorter term if he testified against them. There was no other evidence, except what they gathered after letting it be contaminated by their sloppy unprofessional methods. When the appeals court determined there wasn't sufficient untainted evidence against them, and the word of a confessed killer is equally tainted when he is promised a shorter sentence, they were released. Now the prosecutor is trying to assuage his ego and get another conviction with a new theory....no new evidence. He is only doing it because he looks like a fool bartering with the killer in the prison for false testimony and putting on such a poor case with tainted evidence. I think Amanda will gladly stay away from Italy and the EU to avoid their insane corrupt legal system. She would have fled the country when it had just happened if she was truly guilty of murder. They have their killer already and this prosecutor is just making Italy look poorly.

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rwellen2004 November 26 2013 at 9:03 PM

Looks like Italy wants to dig a bigger hole for itself on the world's stage.
What about Burlesconi and Italian govermnent corruption...where should their focus be?

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blivethopper November 26 2013 at 10:49 PM

Crini is absolutely desparate. Instead of demanding a sentence for Knox, he should demand for a refund from the law school he allegedly graduated from.

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steve cutie blivethopper November 26 2013 at 11:15 PM

You are funny..better ask Obama to get a refund also...you justice system is the best...what a joke.

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