The real estate agent in Italy is asking $500,000 for the house where American Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are on trial for brutally stabbing to death United Kingdom exchange student Meredith Kercher, according to Radar News. Kercher was murdered in November of 2007 in the Italian cottage she shared with Knox.
Italian real estate agent Vincenzo Russo admitted the listing makes no mention of the bloody murder which occurred within the confines of the 10-room cottage in Via della Pergola. While American real estate law requires realtors to reveal if a murder has occurred in a house up for sale, no such rule exists in the country known as the boot of Europe.
Italian authorities became suspicious that a drug-fueled sex game involving Knox and Sollecito led to the demise of Kercher who was stabbed more than 40 times in her own bed. The Italian law enforcement authorities first became suspicious of Knox when she was seen participating in what they perceived bizarre behavior in the police station where she was questioned after the murder.
Knox was seen performing somersaults and cartwheels in the police station not long after the murder, according to the London Telegraph.
Sollecito and she were convicted of the murder in 2009 and served four years in an Italian prison before a second trial resulted in not guilty verdicts for both of them. After the acquittal, Knox returned quickly to the U.S. and wrote an autobiography for which she was reportedly paid four million dollars. After cashing her check and paying some bills, she is cracking textbooks at the University of Washington in Seattle while her third trial continues in Italy.
She chose not to return for the third trial, instead irritating at least one of her Italian judges by sending only an e-mailed statement proclaiming her innocence which was read in open court. The court adjourned before Christmas and is expected to resume around Jan. 7 for closing arguments.
As an American citizen, she cannot be required to be present in court for her trial. Sollecito, who is an Italian citizen, has attended several days of his trial. If they are convicted in January of 2014, Sollecito will be returned to prison for sure. But Knox's situation is hazier. Were she to be re-convicted, Italy and the U.S. do have an extradition treaty which would require her return to Europe and prison by the U.S.
However, many legal scholars say that since the Italian legal system does not recognize the American principle of double jeopardy, the U.S. would be within its rights to refuse sending one of its most famous citizens back across the Atlantic. Under double jeopardy, a person found not guilty of a crime cannot be re-tried for the same offense.
Murder victim Meredith Kercher's big sister Stephanie Kercher, 29, told Cosmopolitan that she first heard hints of Meredith's murder one evening in November of 2007 when her mother called and told her she'd heard a British exchange student in Italy had been murdered. Three hours later her father told her the dead British student was indeed her 22-year old sister. Stephanie described how sick she felt when she saw on the news in the UK that her sister had been sexually assaulted and stabbed 47 times including several wounds to her throat.
Stephanie said, "I couldn't stop thinking about what she must have been through."
Ivory Coast native Rudy Guede was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison for the murder of Meredith. She said her family was crushed when the convictions against Knox and Sollecito were thrown out after the second trial.
Stephanie said that the prosecution felt that marks "on her body showed that Meredith had been killed by more than one person."
Guede said he heard two girls' voices arguing the night of the murder, but that he was not involved when he testified at his trial.
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