Earlier this year, Italy’s highest criminal court overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal for the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. A new trial began, and it appears much of the basis for the proceeding hinged on a previously untested piece of DNA found on the butcher knife officials argued killed Meredith.
On Nov. 2, 2013, the New York Daily News reported new forensic tests done on the knife found no traces of Meredith’s blood or DNA.
Instead trace amounts of Knox’s DNA were found on the kitchen utensil.
Knox, 26, appealed her Dec. 2009 conviction regarding the death of Meredith, 21, with whom she shared a cottage in Italy. She was sentenced to 26 years behind bars in an Italian prison. Also found guilty of participating in the murder was Knox’s ex-boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and drifter Rudy Guede who had his initial 30-year sentence reduced to 16 as a result of an appeal.
Knox is currently in her home state of Washington and has opted not to return to Italy for the new trial. According to the Daily News, Sollecito is expected to appear at the next hearing slated for Nov. 6.