Raffaele Sollecito, the Italian ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox, held a press conference on July 1, 2014, in which he revealed through his attorney that on the night that British student Meredith Kercher was murdered, he was not with Knox, according to Italy’s The Local. Sollecito’s lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno told reporters during the event held in Rome that her client spent the night with Knox, but was not with her during a portion of the evening. Nevertheless, he expressed his belief Knox is innocent of the crime.
Sollecito, 30, also reiterated that he is innocent in Meredith’s killing and asserted that Knox’s court testimony has proven it. He said during the news conference, “She herself lets me off the hook and gives me an alibi... I’m an innocent person that has been shouting his innocence for seven years. It’s an injustice that’s gone on too long,” USA Today reports.
Knox was convicted in Dec. 2009 of the 2007 killing of Meredith, 21, with whom she shared a cottage in Italy. The American student was initially sentenced to 26 years behind bars in an Italian prison. Also found guilty of participating in the murder was Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and drifter Rudy Guede who had his initial 30-year sentence reduced to 16 during an appeal.
In Oct. 2011, a panel of judges overturned both Knox and Sollecito’s convictions and acquitted the two of murder. They were released from prison and Knox subsequently returned to her hometown of Seattle, Wash., while Sollecito remained in Italy. Knox has not returned to Italy since.
On March 26, 2013, Italy’s highest court overturned Knox and Sollecito’s acquittals and a new murder trial began in September. An Italian appeals court determined on Jan. 30. 2014 that Knox and Sollecito were guilty of Meredith’s murder.
USA Today reports that Knox and Sollecito are appealing the new convictions to Italy’s highest court. Sollecito also said during the press conference he is certain of Knox’s innocence in the matter, noting, “I want to make it clear that I and all the people around me, including my family, have always believed, and we still believe today, in the innocence of Amanda Marie Knox.”