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Amanda Knox: Italian court says American helped murder Meredith Kercher

Rafaelle Sollecito and Amanda Knox....Judge Nencini explains reasons for guilty verdicts today.
Rafaelle Sollecito and Amanda Knox....Judge Nencini explains reasons for guilty verdicts today.

An Italian court today released a report that Amanda Knox was one of three people who attacked and murdered Meredith Kercher, according to an article for AOL. The appellate court seated in Florence explained in a 337-page written document released today that it concluded Knox, her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede were all involved in the brutal murder of British exchange student Kercher in October of 2007.

Judge Alessandro Nencini, who read the verdict of guilty against Knox and Sollecito on Jan. 30, 2014, was the author of the detailed explanation of why he and five others convicted the two of murdering Kercher in her own apartment. The deciding court was comprised of Nencini, one other judge and four laypersons.

Nencini's lengthy dissertation of the case included conclusions that at least two knives were used in the brutal murder which left Knox's roommate lying in a "lake of blood." Nencini also wrote that there was sufficient evidence of a hostile relationship between Knox and Kercher including Guede's statement that the British girl had accused the University of Washington student Knox of taking money from her room.

Nencini's report also said, "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."

Fingerprints on the body of the victim indicated to Nencini that the British girl was restrained while she was under attack by multiple assailants. Kercher's throat was slashed and she was sexually assaulted, according to the court's opinion.

The victim was found laying in blood inside the apartment she and Knox shared in Perugia, Italy on Nov. 2, 2007. Knox returned to the U.S. after her original conviction for murder was overturned.

Although Knox has been sentenced to 28 1/2 years in an Italian prison, she has found sanctuary in the United States after an appeals court reversed her first conviction. She has said she will not voluntarily return to Italy and serve anymore prison time no matter what the Italian courts decide. Knox served four years after her first conviction for murder.

Sollecito is in more danger of being returned to prison as he is an Italian citizen and is currently a resident of the country shaped like a boot. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The second murder conviction of Knox and Sollecito will be appealed to the Court of Cassation, Italy's version of a Supreme Court. That court will have the final say on whether or not the most recent murder convictions will stand.

Guede, an Ivory Coast native, was sentenced to prison in a separate trial, and he is currently incarcerated. His 16-year sentence has already been upheld by the Court of Cassation, although it has been reduced from his original 30-year sentence.

If the Court of Cassation upholds Knox's conviction, her attorneys can still fight her forced return to Italy by extradition.

Knox Tuesday rejected the court's finding that she slit Kercher's throat, according to NBC News. She also maintained her innocence in connection with the murder in any manner.

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