Tried in absentia in Italy this week, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's lawyers argued unsuccessfully to keep the alleged murder knife used in the Meredith Kercher killing from being tested again for DNA based upon a Sept. 30 update from BBC News.
The presiding judge is Alessandro Nencini, who appears to want to give the family of the victim just what they have asked for in a letter penned by Stephanie Kercher on behalf of her parents and siblings.
We desperately want to discover the truth and find justice for Meredith," Stephanie wrote the court.
The prosecution contends that the truth lies with the knife believed to have been used in the crime, which they say had DNA evidence that supported the convictions. The defense argues that the DNA was too minute to be conclusive or analyzed. And the most recent judge to hear the arguments says the alleged murder knife will be tested again for DNA.
Knox has refused to return to Italy to attend the retrial, fearful she will face yet another incarceration if the verdict is guilty. Sollecito, on the other hand, is rumored to be planning to attend the trial later in the proceedings. Right now, however, he is well within the reach of the legal arms if they chose to seek to force his return, currently in the Dominican Republic.