Amanda Knox’s retrial has concluded, and an Italian jury is currently deliberating her fate. The 26-year-old is accused of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007. Although Knox’s previous conviction was overturned in 2011, a retrial was ordered in 2013.
Meredith Kercher was found dead in her Parugia, Italy, apartment on November 1, 2007. The 21-year-old woman was stabbed 40 times and her throat was slashed.
Authorities later identified her roommate Amanda Knox as a primary suspect. Authorities also detained Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Citing evidence found at the scene, officials concluded Kercher was killed by Knox and Sollecito during a sexual encounter. They were both eventually were charged with murder, sexual assault, and tampering with evidence.
In 2009, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were both found guilty in the murder of Meredith Kercher. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison and Sollecito was sentenced to 25. Although the conviction had to be confirmed by a higher court, both defendants remained in an Italian prison for four years.
In 2011, the higher court overturned the convictions and determined Knox and Sollecito were innocent. Following her release, Knox returned to the United States and attempted to move on with her life. Unfortunately, the case was far from over. In March 2013, the Italian Supreme Court ordered a retrial for both Knox and Sollecito.
As reported by CNN, the retrial began in September and lasted more than three months. Fearing for her safety and freedom, Knox remained in the United States for the duration of her retrial. On several occasions throughout the last three months, Knox has publicly stated that she has no intention of returning to Italy. If she is found guilty, Italy may demand her extradition. However, it is unclear whether the US government would comply.
Amanda Knox has suggested that she would consider becoming a fugitive if found guilty during the retrial. The defendant has maintained her innocence since 2007. Although she did not personally appear for her retrial, she addressed the court in a letter:
“I must repeat to you. I’m innocent. I did not rape, I did not steal… I did not kill Meredith.”
Meredith Kercher’s family said Knox and Sollecito’s acquittal was “superficial and unbalanced.” Speaking through their attorney Francesco Maresca, the family said the believe more than one person is responsible for Meredith’s death.
The Kercher family also said they are frustrated that their daughter’s death has become a media circus:
“No one remembers Meredith, while the two defendants write books, speak to the media and earn money.”
The jury is expected to announce Amanda Knox’s fate by 4pm EST.