After many, many months, 22-year old American student Amanda Knox has been found guilty of the murder of her British roommate, along with her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 25.
Knox and Sollecito were charged in the 2007 killing of Meredith Kercher in 2007 in Perugia, Italy, where they were studying abroad. The details of the murder were horrible — Kercher’s throat was slashed in what the prosecution luridly alleged was a night of drug-and-alcohol fueled sex between Knox, Sollecito and another man, Rudy Hermann Guede, who was convicted in a separate trial and whose DNA was found on Kercher. Knox and Sollecito claimed to have been out of the house at Sollecito’s apartment on the night of the slaying.
From the LA Times:
The prosecution maintains that a 6½-inch knife authorities found at Sollecito’s house could be the murder weapon; they say Kercher’s DNA was found on the blade and Knox’s on the handle. However, defense lawyers argue the knife was too big to match Kercher’s wounds and the amount of DNA collected was too small to determine with certainty whose it was…The defense maintained there was not enough evidence for a conviction and no clear motive.
In addition to being a high-profile murder trial of a pretty young American girl overseas (the press made much of the nickname “Foxy Knoxy“), there was a great deal of skepticism about the evidence in the case against her, and whether she was the victim of an over-zealous prosecutor. Sarah Horne reported on the case for Radar magazine last fall, and said this:
“Lisa Pasko, a criminology professor at the University of Denver who specializes in young women who commit violent crimes, has been following the case and does not believe that Knox participated in Kercher’s murder…She likens Mignini’s behavior to that of the very vocal prosecutor in the Duke rape case, former Durham County district attorney Mike Nifong, who improperly leaked information to the media in order to beef up his case against the accused lacrosse players.”
There is sure to be an outcry here about the conviction, and the eventual sentencing; the Italian prosecutor asked for the Italian equivalent of life in prison, 30 years; Knox got 26 years, Sollecito 25. Video below:
Breaking: Amanda Knox Found Guilty On All Counts, Sentenced To 26 Years In Prison [Jezebel] (very comprehensive links)
Amanda Knox Is Not An Assassin [Jezebel]
Guilty Until Proven Guilty [Newsweek]
Amanda Knox Revisited [Opinionator]
Meredith Kercher – Profile [CNN]
(Radar quote via Jezebel)
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