As the Amanda Knox trial continues to move forward, an Italian prosecutor demanded that an appeals court find Amanda Knox guilty for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. According to USA Today, the prosecutor wants the court to sentence Knox to 26 years for the murder and another four years for slander.
Prosecutor Alessandro Crini made the demand after two days of closing arguments in the third trial involving the murder of Meredith Kercher. According to ABC News, during the 10 hours of closing arguments, Crini argued that Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito acted in concert with a third man, who was convicted separately, in an explosion of violence against her roommate.
The Inquisitr recently reported that Amanda Knox received a small break when DNA testing cast doubt on a key piece of evidence. One forensic expert testified that the assumed murder weapon does not contain victim Meredith Kercher’s DNA. Forensic expert Andrea Berti testified that the DNA on the knife was difficult to isolate for testing:
“The amount of DNA was limited, and therefore complex to analyze… [we] used high-performance techniques, and tested it twice. We found two genetic profiles… The trace didn’t show a match with Meredith Kercher.”
Meredith Kercher was found dead on November 2, 2007 after being stabbed 47 times and after having her throat cut. It wasn’t until July 2008 that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were actually charged with her murder. Throughout the entire first trial, Knox and Sollecito maintained their innocence, though were both found guilty in December 2009 according to CNN. It was in October 2011, after spending more than three years in prison, that an Italian jury overturned Knox and Sollecito’s convictions.
Two years later, the Italian Supreme court ordered the retrial of both Knox and Sollecito, and as The Inquisitr reported, Knox refused to return to Italy for the trial. Prosecutor Alessandro Crini wants the jury to declare Knox guilty, and wants to see her get the 30 years in prison.
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