Victim's lawyer seeks Amanda Knox conviction for murder

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Victim's lawyer seeks Amanda Knox conviction for murder
This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview on the "Today" show, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in New York. Knox defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that "everything is at stake," insisting she is innocent. In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
Amanda Knox gestures at a news conference in Seattle Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, after returning home from Italy. Knox was freed Monday after an Italian appeals court threw out her murder conviction for the death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Amanda Knox breaks in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, at the Perugia court, central Italy, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. Italian appeals court threw out Amanda Knox's murder conviction Monday and ordered the young American freed after nearly four years in prison for the death of her British roommate Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict overturning her 2009 conviction was read out. Her co-defendant, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, also was cleared of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in 2007. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
Amanda Knox breaks in tears as she is taken away after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, at the Perugia court, central Italy, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. Italian appeals court threw out Amanda Knox's murder conviction Monday and ordered the young American freed after nearly four years in prison for the death of her British roommate. Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict overturning her 2009 conviction was read out. Her co-defendant, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, also was cleared of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in 2007. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
Amanda Knox, accompanied by her lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova, arrives for an appeal hearing at the Perugia court, central Italy, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. Knox, an American student, was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, her British roommate in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Knox's boyfriend at the time of the 2007 murder, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years. Both deny wrongdoing and have appealed the December 2009 verdict. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Amanda Knox, right, talks with her lawyer Maria Del Grosso after her arrival at the Perugia court, Italy, central Italy, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. Knox, an American student was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, her British roommate in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Knox's boyfriend at the time of the 2007 murder, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years. Both deny wrongdoing and have appealed the December 2009 verdict. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
Amanda Knox of the US, centre, escorted by penitentiary guards at the end of a hearing for her appeals trial, in Perugia's courthouse, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. Amanda Knox returned to court in Italy on Wednesday for the start of her appeals trial, about a year after the American student was convicted of killing her British roommate in a case that drew global attention. Knox was escorted by a policewoman into the same Perugia courtroom where the first trial was held. The 23-year-old was convicted in December of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
Jailed US student Amanda Knox is escorted by police as she arrives for a hearing in Perugia, Italy, Thursday, June 17, 2010. Knox has appeared in court for a preliminary hearing in view of her upcoming appeal trial, after an Italian court sentenced her to 26 years in prison for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
** FILE ** This photo taken Friday Nov. 2, 2007, and made available on Thursday Nov. 8, 2007 shows Amanda Marie Knox, left, and Raffaele Sollecito, looking on outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead Friday, in Perugia, Italy. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - The lawyer representing the family of slain British student Meredith Kercher has called the appellate court decision vacating a guilty verdict against American defendant Amanda Knox "science fiction."

Francesco Maresca urged the Florence appeals court on Monday to find Amanda Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito guilty of Kercher's bloody 2007 murder. He backed prosecutors' demands for sentences of 26 years.

Maresca identified two "fulcrums" in the case against Knox and Sollecito: Knox's false accusation against a Congo-born bar owner and a staged robbery, both of which Maresca said were aimed at sidetracking the investigation. Knox has been convicted of slander for the false accusation.

The case was being tried for a third time after Italy's highest court vacated an appellate court ruling throwing out their lower-court murder conviction.

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