Photo: Amanda Knox to Face Retrial of Murder Case in Italy
On Tuesday, the Italian Supreme Court ordered American Amanda Knox to stand trial once again for the murder of her roommate in 2007, throwing out the acquittal that released her from prison after serving 4 of the 26 years of her sentence.
According to prosecutors, Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito killed Knox’s roommate, Meredith Kercher, a British student, after a drug-fueled sexual assault.
Knox, then 20, had been living in Perugia, Italy while attending the University for Foreigners of Perugia. In November of 2007, Kercher’s almost nude body was found in the apartment.
Kercher, who was 21, was stabbed to death in their apartment, her throat had been slashed.
In 2009, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of Kercher’s murder. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito was given 25. After serving four years, the pair was released following the successful appeal of their verdicts.
With Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision, Knox, whose is currently living in Seattle, may be ordered back to Italy for the retrial. She has written a book titled, “Waiting to be Heard” about the ordeal and it will be out this April.
A PR person for the Knox family told CNN it was “painful” to hear a retrial had been ordered, and claimed the prosecution’s case against her “has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair.
“The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele’s sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith’s family. Our hearts go out to them.
“No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity.”