Prosecutors in Italy are revealing new evidence in the Amanda Knox murder case that could jeopardize the American student’s upcoming appeal.
According to RadarOnline, prosecutors have now successfully tied Amanda to a ring of cocaine dealers in Perugia, Italy.
While investigating Amanda’s alleged role in Meredith Kercher’s 2007 murder, prosecutors said they found drug dealers’ numbers saved on Amanda’s cellphone.
Now following up on reports in the Italian newspaper Giallo, RaderOnline quotes a prosecutors’ report from January 2008:
“During the course of the investigation into the Meredith Kercher, we have confirmed that a person whose initial is ‘F’ would occasionally supply drugs to Amanda Knox, as well as having a relationship with her supposedly of a sexual nature”.
The identity of “F” has never been released, but Giallo said he met Knox during a train ride from Milan to Florence.
Along with “F”, two other drug dealing associates, “Luciano” and “Lorenzo”, were also found in Amanda’s phone.
According to the Daily Mail, prosecutors intend to use these drug allegations to extradite Amanda back to Italy. In January, Amanda told ABC News that said she would “never go back willingly” to face Italian justice.
Earlier this year, the 27-year-old was re-convicted, after being tried in absentia on the murder charges. She is preparing an appeal, to be heard later this year, or in early 2015.
The Seattle native has already served four years in connection to the case. Following a widely-criticized trial in 2009, Amanda was sentenced to 28 years in jail. An appeal in 2011 secured Amanda’s release and allowed her to return home to the United States.
Since Amanda was implicated in the case back in 2008, her ex-boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito has been her co-defendent. He too was initially convicted of Kercher’s murder, was released on appeal, then re-convicted. Through the process, Sollecito and Amanda have always proclaimed each others’ innocence.
However, now Sollecito is distancing himself from Amanda as they prepare for their appeals. As the Inquisitr reported earlier this month, Sollecito is now changing his version of events the night that Kercher died. Sollecito told a press conference in Rome that he is “not sure” he was with Amanda on October 31, 2007.
Without a solid alibi, it is unclear how Amanda will account for whereabouts that night. She has long claimed that she and Sollecito spent the whole time watching TV and having sex.
Italian legal documents shared with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said Meredith Kercher died of multiple stab wounds, possibly from multiple assailants. The 21-year-old British student was found bloodied on the floor of the cottage she shared with Amanda.
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