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Amanda Knox is found guilty in third murder trial in Italy

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Amanda Knox was found guilty of murder, along with her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in an Italian appeals courtroom, according to a Jan. 30 report in CNN. It is unclear if the United States will extradite Knox, who now resides in Seattle after being acquitted of the crime in 2011.

The two, and a local bartender, were accused of murdering their roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007. The bartender was released when DNA evidence did not put him at the scene of the crime. Additionally, DNA was not found of Knox or Sollecito, but neither were released from jail.

A different man’s DNA was found at the scene of Kercher’s murder, Rudy Guede. Amanda Knox, Sollecito and Guede were all convicted of murder in 2009. The prosecutors in the case argued that all three conspired to involve Kercher in a sex act, but when she resisted, they raped her.

In 2011, the case was overturned for Knox and Sollecito in 2011, and the two were released from prison. Guede’s conviction was ruled as justified. Then, another trial was once again brought before the Italian court, resulting in Knox’s second conviction.

I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict … Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Amanda wrote about the verdict.

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