Amanda Knox, the American exchange student convicted a year ago of murdering her roommate in Italy, has won her appeal and will be free to return to the U.S. Knox’s roommate was found brutally murdered in November 2007.
The 21-year-old Meredith Kercher had been raped and had her throat slashed. She also had dozens of other wounds on her body. Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of Kercher’s murder. A man from the Ivory Coast, Rudy Guede, was also convicted and remains in jail.
An interesting article in The Telegraph lays out the contradictory and complex evidence that came to light during the trial, conviction and appeal of Knox. In announcing the overturning of the conviction, the judge said that the evidence used to convict Knox was not reliable. This included DNA evidence present at the crime scene that outside experts had also analyzed for the defense and called insignificant and unreliable.
Knox confessed under questioning by police that she had been in her apartment the night of Kercher’s murder and had heard her scream, but the confession was given under extreme distress due to the circumstances of her friend being murdered. She was also not allowed to have a lawyer present during her all-night questioning and testified that a police officer had cuffed her around the head and had told her that she would go to jail for decades if she did not cooperate. She also only spoke basic Italian at the time.
Knox is from Seattle and her supporters and family are eagerly anticipating her return following the ordeal.
Source: The Telegraph, “Amanda Knox: Guilty or innocent, five reasons why,” Nick Squires, Oct. 3, 2011