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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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kolander71 April 29 2014 at 4:48 PM

FIRST TO: "montanero17" THANK (NOT TANK) is the correct spelling...& SPEAK FOR YOURSELF...ITALY IS AN AMAZING PLACE...BEAUTIFUL YES...like any other country...it has its ups & downs...NO...ITALY IS A VERY WELCOMING PLACE!! (3rd generation ITALIAN HERE!)

It is VITAL you research any countrys' legal system BEFORE visiting....thats just straight commen sense!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

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oldfarrk April 29 2014 at 8:26 PM

So the court just make up a story and that's enough for a conviction ? Of course these are the same fools who allowed that Prosecutor to use false evidence in courts for seven years . Go ahead AND gOOGLE ---dog handler false evidence Italian courts . Bastards !

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jasherrin April 29 2014 at 4:35 PM

Proof?What proof a couple of finger inprints ?DNA that was thrown out?I tell you if this is italy's form of Justice .I wouldnt wanna live their!Isnt their Govt going thru a bunch of stuff right now?

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cyberbeano April 29 2014 at 8:38 PM

If the Italian Court system gets mad at all the bad publicity due to protracted appeals and she turns down an offer to plead guilty to 2 years in prison and without parole, can she be beheaded?

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george April 29 2014 at 8:51 PM

With all the evidence,It seems to be very confusing,to have to make a decision of guilty Still thinking of any recourse in this decision!.

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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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missrarelion April 29 2014 at 8:57 PM

How can a court of law overturn a aquital??? Guilty or not once you are aquitted that should be the end of it.

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Me missrarelion April 29 2014 at 9:00 PM

Those are American laws. Other countries have other rules. If you go to another country, you agree to abide by there rules.

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ERIC Me April 29 2014 at 9:03 PM

While you are there, yes. Once you leave though, you are no longer bound by them

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kele7777777 Me April 29 2014 at 10:51 PM

Right, and don't do cartwheels or yoga or snuggle on your honeybun's lap while at the police station during a murder investigation. That is bound to draw suspicion.

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jerarnl April 29 2014 at 9:01 PM

already been tryed

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thomasfmiller jerarnl April 29 2014 at 9:13 PM

The fact that the case was tried and overturned is irrelevant. Italy doesn't have a double jeopardy rule the way the US does.

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kele7777777 jerarnl April 29 2014 at 9:55 PM

The Italian justice system seems to be a different animal than we are used to in the U.S. I read that there are 3 phases/3 trials with the 3rd and highest court's ruling being the final verdict. The media, however, seems to have spun the story as "double jeopardy" in order to sensationalize it. Attorneys in the U.S. are able to plead multiple causes of action and present multiple theories simultaneously, so there is nothing new there.

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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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