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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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cdboylvr May 02 2014 at 12:45 AM

Rudy Guede was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher. His sentence was reduced to 16 years on appeal after he cut a deal with prosector to say that he did not act alone. A drug dealer, Guede was known by the police. He became a suspect in the Meredith Kercher murder after his bloody fingerprint was discovered at the crime scene. When police tried to contact Guede they discovered he had fled to Germany. He was stopped in Germany trying to board a train without a ticket and was immediately extradited back to Italy. Guede was confronted with overwhelming DNA evidence that put him at the crime scene at the time if the murder.
Guede was recorded during a Skype conversation before his arrest telling a friend that the reports on the news were incorrect. He said Amanda Knox was NOT present the night the crime took place. Once arrested he conviently changed his story to get his sentence reduced. A murderer and rapist - he is eligible for work release in 2014.

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cdboylvr cdboylvr May 02 2014 at 12:49 AM

The evidence of Guede’s guilt is irrefutable and should have been more than sufficient to secure a life sentence. Guede admitted he was in Meredith’s room at the time of the attack. His DNA, along with Meredith’s blood, was found on Meredith's purse. His shoeprints, set in Meredith’s blood, were found in the bedroom and in the hallway leading out the front door. As mentioned above, his handprint, in Meredith’s blood, was found on a pillowcase underneath her body. Most importantly, Guede’s DNA was found inside Meredith’s body. Guede also had a history of break-ins similar to that seen at the cottage. One week prior to the murder, Guede was caught breaking into a nursery school by the school's owner, Maria Del Prato, when she arrived unexpectedly during off hours with two repairmen. Del Prato along with the repairmen kept Guede at the nursery and called the police.
When police searched Guede's backpack they found a stolen laptop and cell phone and knife.

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cdboylvr cdboylvr May 02 2014 at 12:54 AM

In the month prior to Meredith Kercher’s murder, Guede had gone on a crime spree. His activities were no secret to the police yet they never managed to properly investigate Guede and never took him into custody. Why? The sad reality is, if the police had done their job properly Meredith Kercher would still be alive today and Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito would have never been wrongfully convicted. Amanda Knox proponents are not "Fans" per say... we are fans of justice and that is why she and Raffaele deserves to be exonerated and not put through anymore of this wrongful prosecution.

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LGgarcia973 May 01 2014 at 5:45 PM

our justice system in othing to write home about. A jury of "peers" decide your fate? Half of the time they are morons who just want to go home.We in America claim that all our stuff is superior to the rest of the world, well, we are not. Wakeup and smell the coffee!!!!

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bob39 LGgarcia973 May 01 2014 at 6:55 PM

You are absolutely right! :) But the one key difference is that in the US, when prosecutors are exposed as blatently unfair, people write books and articles until the knumbskulls are removed from office/ post. Not in Italy apparently. The original verdict was overturned (rightfuly) but the prosecutors just keep making up new reasons to keep prosecuting. That's another difference ie in US the prosecution only gets "one bite at the apple" This is to keep the prosecution from abusing it's access to state funds to just keep prosecuting until they get the verdict they want... Italy is obviously different in this respect too

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planeman10 May 01 2014 at 3:41 PM

All the time this has played out it's become evident the Italian justice system is a complete sham and the lawyers and judges are a joke.

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loafer57 May 01 2014 at 2:51 PM

Ridiculous. Probably promting Guede what to say. Notice his sentencd was reduced. Wonder why??? Daah. Then if this gets overturned they will come up with something else. Can.t they just say they acted too hastily in accusing Knox and Sollecito. Or some other wording to help them save face or watever the hell they r doing. Bye Bye Italy. They need Don Matteo on the case I guess.

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malloyphil May 01 2014 at 12:22 PM

The Italian "justice" system is just adding more stupidity on top of previous stupidity. Sort of a European arrogance--a refusal to admit past errors. I love Italy but this is really making them look bad.

Get over it judges, you messed up. Rudy Guede is the rapist/burglar/murderer and Amanda Knox is quite obviously and clearly innocent.

There is also a cultural barrier going on here. We Americans recognize Amanda Knox as a normal girl from Seattle, over there they see some sort of demonic beauty attracted to satanic rituals. Pure Italian male fantasy!

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a1exjet May 01 2014 at 11:31 AM

These bozo's have the audacity to say `'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,"

"A matter of fact" ... and based on what the testimony of a blood covered scumbag who admits to rape but says he didn't kill her ... you must be right .... he isn't capable of commiting murder but those two over there who have never been convicted or accused of any crimes .... they're the ones who are capable of murder? Ya that makes sense .... NOT! These people are arrogant egotistical and lack a conscience. The prosecutors should be on trial not Amanda Knox!

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pinkrose06 May 01 2014 at 4:31 PM

She is guilty!! Read the reports and you will learn about all the evidence. Our media only printed what they were spoon fed by the Knox PR team. Once Sollecito is jailed we will all hear the truth. Doubt that he will be gentlemanly enough to take the rap alone!!

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bob39 pinkrose06 May 01 2014 at 5:56 PM

If Solecito has any brains he will flee this sham of a justice system

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LGgarcia973 May 01 2014 at 5:41 PM

If she committed the murder, have her pay in jail time. It doesn't matter her nationality; we have a lot of weirdos here that will kill for no reason at all.

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taramoon May 01 2014 at 4:44 PM

Amanda Knox's own jailhouse diary puts her at the scene of the crime. Furthermore, she described the precise location of the body after the murder before the police released that information. How do her fan's explain that? It's very interesting that those who actually attended the trial have a very different view of Knox's guilt than do those who have relied on the Knox family PR machine's version of events. It's understandable that her family has a deep psychological need to believe she's not guilty. The real question is why her fans, who don't even know her, insist in the face of the evidence that she's not guilty. Why has she struck such an emotional chord with the perpetually gullible?

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bob39 taramoon May 01 2014 at 5:35 PM

Why did she know? If you know even the littleest amount about the case (like you claim), you would know that the crime scene is her own apartment...she had roomamtes who compared notes and she was actualy there during the police phase! You must at the very least know that knox and her boyfriend called the cops? (and she didn't run away like the guy who actualy did it ie Guede..)
So I'm jusyt mystified as to what you are claiming?? Why would she Not know the facts if she was there during the finding of the body??

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pinkrose06 taramoon May 01 2014 at 5:50 PM

Most of the so-called "fans" are actually employed by the Knox PR machine. Their defenses are too similar to a troll's.

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bob39 pinkrose06 May 01 2014 at 6:29 PM

Said like a true troll ;) I have no affiliation with any of the people involved. I just happen to have a conscience and a family history of being a watchdog for unfair judicial systems.. Why are you here? To make sure that people you don't like go to jail regardless of the evidence?: Speaking of evidence, will you ever point to any evidence to support your view? Would love to see why you think she's guilty? especialy when all the evidence points to Guede??

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bob39 May 01 2014 at 10:20 AM

The picture showing the (udge lady with a patriotic Italian band drapped across her front seems to support the idea that this is more about maintaining patriotic "Honor" than about justice. The real killer is Guede and all the evidence points towards him (alone). There is by contrast not an iota of evidence at the crime scene to support prosecuting Knox or her boyfriend, but the Italian prosecutors just can't let it go and keep changing the reasons to re-prosecute Knox & her boyfriend rather than admit they screwed up by going after the wrong persons originaly.

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