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Amanda Knox third trial verdict: Third murder trial for Amanda Knox nears end

Amanda Knox is nearing the end of a third trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy.
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Amanda Knox's third trial verdict is expected to come on Thursday (Jan. 30). Amanda Knox is charged with the murder of Meredith Kercher, but two prior verdicts have been vacated. According to a report from Wednesday (Jan. 29), a Florence appeals panel designated by Italy's supreme court to address issues in her acquittal will be deliberating on Thursday.

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This latest trial has done further analysis on a tiny trace of DNA found on the presumed murder weapon. During the first trial, DNA traces from boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found on the blade and traces to Knox were found on the handle. This was all key to the murder convictions handed down. The appeals court placed those DNA findings in doubt, leading to a second trial. The new trace also belonged to Knox, putting the knife in her hands according to the view of prosecutors.

One question that many people have had is how the former University of Washington student could keep getting tried for the same crime in Italy. Well in the latest trial, the accusations by a new prosecutor shift the motive in the case, accusing Knox of committing a murder triggered by arguments between herself and Kercher. The new prosecutor, Alessandro Crini, is seeking a sentence of 26 years for Amanda Knox in this third verdict trial.

If she is found guilty, Italy will have to go through the process of requesting extradition of Knox from the United States, where she currently resides.

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