The family of Meredith Kercher, the victim of a brutal slaying in Italy, finally received some measure of justice on April 29, 2014, when an appellate court in Florence upheld the original murder conviction of Amanda Knox, which an appeals court had disagreed with in 2011, setting the killer free.
According to NBC News on Tuesday, the judges at the high court determined that Knox and Kercher argued over money the evening she was stabbed to death, prompting Knox to slit the young British student's throat before joining in with her then-boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito, and Ivory Coast suspect Rudy Guede, in stabbing the victim to death as she was restrained physically by them.
Drugs were mentioned as well, with the Florence officials taking the position that the Seattle, Washington student was high at the time of the crime, gathering with her friends to do drugs in her shared flat with the exchange student the night Kercher was murdered.
The crime, which took place in 2007, was explained in great detail in the 337-page court document released on April 29, 2014 by the Florence judges. And now Knox and her former boyfriend are expected to appeal the verdict yet again, with Knox stating she will not go willingly back to Italy, even if the lower court upholds the verdict this time.
It's not right and It's not fair," the Seattle resident told the press when asked her response about the guilty verdict.
Sollecito told the press that his re-arrest and guilty verdict announcement is "psychologically devastating" to him, but he was planning to turn himself into authorities upon learning of the latest legal ruling, but they got to him first, taking him into custody upon finding him in his hostel.
The Nencini Appeal Court findings are already being discussed by Meredith Kercher supporters online, with the True Justice for Meredith Kercher Website reminding readers on Tuesday that one of the knives being discussed in the documents released today is the same one that police found in Sollecito's home, and which they believed Knox took from the flat she shared with the victim, after the crime was committed.
Judges in this latest legal proceeding agree with them based upon the more than 300 page document they have released this week. And it appears that the latest legal paperwork provides more information for a hurting family than they have had thus far in the proceedings.
Meredith Kercher's family were thankful to learn of the convictions again of their loved one's convicted killers back in January, with Meredith's sister Stephanie making it clear that while nothing would bring back her sister, the family wants the convictions to be confirmed definitively, once and for all. But she didn't know if anyone in her family would ever want to read the letter Amanda Knox sent to them, pleading for an audience with them so she can show them who she really is, apparently.
And the victim's brother pointed out in a January 2014 interview with the Guardian that if the supreme Court of Cassation upheld the Nencini Appeal's Court verdict, then the U.S. must extradite Knox or face a certain measure of disrepute in the international community, as the U.S. does have an extradition agreement with Italy, and they are always seeking other countries to extradite convicted criminals and others to America on their behalf, so it should be quid pro quo.