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Amanda Knox trial nears third verdict in Meredith Kercher murder case

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Amanda Knox is awaiting yet another verdict from an Italian court in the murder case of Meredith Kercher, according to a Jan. 29 ABC News report. Stemming from murder charges after the death of her then roommate Kercher, Knox has been in and out of Italian courts since 2007. Kercher’s partially naked body was found in the house she shared with Knox in Perugia, Italy.

At the time, Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested and charged with 21-year-old Kercher’s murder. CNN reports that an appeals court acquitted both Knox and Sollecito in 2011 of the charges, but that acquittal was overturned in March by Italy’s Supreme Court, citing evidence discrepancies.

After a long four years in an Italian prison, Knox has spent her time outside of jail in her Seattle hometown with her family and friends. As the 26-year-old tries to move on with her life, she remains hopeful as she awaits her third verdict in this case. Neither she nor Sollecito were present at this ongoing trial. A verdict is expected on Thursday by the jury in the Florence appeals court designated to hear the case, according to CNN.

“We wait for the verdict, and remain hopeful,” Knox's U.S. lawyer, Theodore Simon, said. “But history being our guide, we know Amanda can be convicted and it is very disconcerting to her and her family. The logical position is that there is no evidence.”

Prosecutors in the case have a different take on the case. Prosecutor Alessandro Crini has said both Knox and Sollecito should be convicted and sentenced to 26 years for Kercher’s murder, with a recommendation for an additional four years for Knox for slander.


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