Who killed Meredith Kercher if it wasn’t Amanda Knox? Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were acquitted by an Italian appeals court yesterday, leaving just one person behind bars in connection to a murder that police say was committed my more than one person.
Lyle Kercher, Meredith Kercher’s brother, said:
“I understand the courts agreed that (Rudy Guede) wasn’t acting alone. Of course if those released yesterday are not the guilty party, we are now obviously left wondering who is the other person or people. For us it feels very much like being back to square one. And the search goes on to find out what truly happened.”
Kercher was killed in 2007. Her body was found in the apartment she shared with Knox in the Umbrian hill town of Perugia. The Associated Press reports that DNA evidence, which was used to convict Knox, was discredited during the appeals process. Experts still believe that Kercher was murdered by multiple people.
Kercher’s sister Stephanie said:
“Once we’ve got the reasons behind the decisions for this one, then we can understand why they have been acquitted of it and work toward finding those who are responsible…. That’s the biggest disappointment, not knowing still and knowing that there is someone or people out there who have done this.”
Prosecutors are expected to appeal the acquittal verdict.
The media frenzy that surrounded the Knox trial focused on an American girl that was wrongly convicted of murder, but British Prime Minister David Cameron urged people after the verdict to remember the victim of the case and to think about Meredith Kercher’s family.
“Those parents … had an explanation for what had happened to their wonderful daughter, and that explanation isn’t there … I think everyone should be thinking about them and how they feel.”
Was justice served in the Amanda Knox case?