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Italy Court: Knox, Kercher fought on day of murder



MILAN (AP) -- An Italian court that convicted Amanda Knox in her roommate's 2007 murder said in lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that the victim's wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money on the night of the murder.

The appellate court in Florence explained the January guilty verdicts against the American student and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in a 337-page document that examined both the evidence and the motive.

The court said that a third person convicted in the murder, Rudy Hermann Guede, did not act alone, and cited the nature of the victim's wounds. It noted that at least two knives were used to attack 21-year-old Meredith Kercher and that there were also finger imprints on her body, indicating she had been restrained.
Italian Court Revises Story On Why It Thinks Knox Is Guilty

The court said there was ample evidence of a bad relationship between the two roommates, despite Knox's attempts to play down differences in court, and cited statements by Guede under police questioning that Kercher had blamed Knox for taking money from the British student's room.

`'It is a matter of fact that at a certain point in the evening events accelerated; the English girl was attacked by Amanda Marie Knox, by Raffaele Sollecito, who was backing up his girlfriend, and by Rudy Hermann Guede, and constrained within her own room," the document said.

The court said it was not necessary for all of the assailants to have the same motive, and that the murder was not attributable to a sex game gone awry, as it was out of Kercher's character to have ever consented to such activity.

The release of the court's reasoning opens the verdict to an appeal back to the supreme Court of Cassation. If it confirms the convictions, a long extradition fight for Knox is expected. She has been in the United States since 2011 when her earlier conviction was overturned.

Kercher was found dead in a pool of blood in the apartment she and Knox shared in the town of Perugia, on Nov. 2, 2007. Her throat had been slashed and she had been sexually assaulted. Knox and Sollecito were arrested four days later and served four years in prison before an appeals court acquitted them in 2011. Knox returned to the U.S.

Italy's high court later threw out that acquittal and ordered a new trial, resulting in January's conviction. The court sentenced Knox to 28 1/2 years in prison and Sollecito to 25 years.

The courts have cast wildly different versions of events. Knox and Sollecito were convicted of murder and sexual assault in the first trial based on DNA evidence, confused alibis and Knox's false accusation against a Congolese bar owner, for which she was also convicted of slander.

Then an appeals court in Perugia dismantled the murder verdicts, criticizing the "building blocks" of the conviction, including DNA evidence deemed unreliable by new experts, and lack of motive.

That acquittal was scathingly vacated in March 2013 by Italy's highest court, which ordered a new appeals trial to examine evidence and hear testimony it said had been improperly omitted by the Perugia appeals court, and to redress what it identified as lapses in logic.

The third defendant, Guede, was convicted in a separate trial of sexually assaulting and stabbing Kercher. His 16-year sentence - reduced on appeal from 30 years - was upheld in 2010 by Italy's highest court, which said he had not acted alone. Guede, a drug dealer who fled Italy after the killing and was extradited from Germany, acknowledges that he was in Kercher's room the night she died but denies killing her.

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schifferlingb April 29 2014 at 6:18 PM

If the courts had this evidence, why was she released? Something is very fishy here. It is not normal for a person to be let go and then be re-tried for the same crime - once you are tried should be enough. I do not know if this girl and her boy-friend actually killed this young lady - but if they did, there is a final judge they will face and they will pay the price.

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rsaunders schifferlingb April 29 2014 at 6:25 PM

Right On!!!!!!

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Roberta schifferlingb April 29 2014 at 6:37 PM

They rewrote their first story. Still no evidence.

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onthebeach April 29 2014 at 11:29 PM

This is a joke (except for Amanda and her ex-boyfriend). The lack of DNA evidence CLEARLY suggests what a ruse this is. Not to mention the drug dealer getting his sentence reduced by half for saying whatever the crazed over-zealous prosecutor demanded. (Let's not hate on all Italians please). Time for the POTUS to step in. I believe we have an AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO IS NOT ONLY BEING RAILROADED, BUT IS BEING SUBJECTED TO ONGOING CRUEL AND ABUSIVE TREATMENT. Of course it would be nice if we could point to our own legal system as a shining example, but corruption and injustice exists everywhere. Doesnt the Italian Judicial System have anything better to do? I mean even if she was guilty, she's been put through hell, and I for one have seen little to convice that she is guilty. DNA experts have weighed in with very convincing reasons why she could not have participated in this gruesome crime.

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bps163 April 29 2014 at 4:35 PM

This a load of horse $hit. Just let go and move on life is too short.

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sweetdreams7554 bps163 April 29 2014 at 4:44 PM

It certainly was for the young lady that was murdered .

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lesleypadmore sweetdreams7554 April 30 2014 at 7:05 AM

hope you feel the same way when your child gets murdered

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Brian Hope April 29 2014 at 11:37 PM

One wonders how O.J. Simpson would have fared in this legal environment - or South Africa's "blade runner". To understand the difference, one has to read about the tyrannical roots of Roman civil law in comparison to the innovative evolution of Anglo-Saxon-based common law.

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slanted mofo Brian Hope April 29 2014 at 11:44 PM

Isn't it a little too early to be comparing this case to Pistorius since there hasn't been a verdict?

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Al-Baby! Brian Hope April 30 2014 at 1:24 AM

How did O.J. Simpson fare in Nevada's legal environment? Before you wax too eloquent about the Anglo-Saxon common law, you might consider that the US legal system is widely regarded around the world as arbitrary, racist, unfair, and unjust.

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hanlon1212 Al-Baby! April 30 2014 at 6:45 AM

Not in O.J's case -- not on your life .

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pmrspnj2 April 29 2014 at 11:41 PM

the logic of the courts decision is like swiss cheese .
it makes circumstantial evidence look really good.
can she learn brazilian?
there is no extradition treaty with brazil !
perhaps australia, since they do not extradite easily.

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Rae Turner April 30 2014 at 12:00 AM

It is beyond me why the Italian courts continue to make a fool of themselves!

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Rob April 29 2014 at 4:33 PM

I just don't see how they get from point a to point b here. Say there are multiple knives, does that mean there are multiple people using those knives? Is there evidence to support that supposition? No or it would be included. Take the issue of "finger imprints" - they could be the result of one person holding the victim down during the sexual assault either after or while still being threatened with the knife. The whole money issue is unsubstantiated and a wide leap of logic so much so that a reasonable person cannot get there from anywhere. I don't know if the woman is guilty or innocent but the "evidence" is all circumstantial and the evidence is just not there to get a murder conviction in a country with presumed innocence.

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RoxLight@aol.com April 29 2014 at 4:32 PM

this is B.S. leave her alone.

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billcac April 29 2014 at 4:32 PM

Give them cash and everything will go away!

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mahanie April 29 2014 at 4:31 PM

You're guilty because: you quarreled with your roommate? You look guilty? You're "arrogant?" You're an American? The screwed up Italian court system can't make up it's mind? This case is too screwed up to send this girl to prison for 28 years.

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risail mahanie April 29 2014 at 4:38 PM

this case is too screwed up to send her to jail for 28 minutes.

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inconceptfilms mahanie April 29 2014 at 4:54 PM

agreed...why would an innocent twenty year old travel all the way to Italy to kill another human being...the judge is eating too much pizza and is suffering from grain brain. Why would they believe a drug dealer …the drug dealer gets his sentence reduced to 16 years. If this Guede was in the room, as he so claims, why did he not stop whoever was murdering and rapping this poor girl. Guede could have gone straight to the police if he did nothing wrong. If Guede said he was not alone then his buddies must have been in there with him and not some innocent young people. Why is there no public trial for Mr. Guede. This is not the Italy I know.

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