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Amanda Knox found guilty on all six charges

Posted by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:16 PM
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From CNN.com:

Perugia, Italy (CNN) -- An Italian jury has found American student Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty in the stabbing death of British exchange student Meredith Kercher.

Knox and Sollecito were charged with murder and sexual violence in the November 2007 stabbing death of Meredith Kercher. Knox and Kercher, both studying abroad, were roommates. A third suspect was found guilty in a separate trial.

Prosecutors argued Seattle, Washington native Amanda Knox was a resentful American so angry with her British roommate that she exacted revenge during a twisted sex misadventure at their home two years ago.

They said Knox directed Sollecito and another man infatuated with her, Rudy Guede, to hold Kercher down as Knox played with a knife before slashing Kercher's throat.

Defense lawyers argued that Guede, who was convicted in a separate fast-track trial and is currently appealing his conviction, was the sole killer. On Thursday, Knox took the stand for a third time in the Perugia courtroom, telling jurors that she is not a "killer" who stabbed her former roommate.

"They say that I am calm. I am not calm," Knox said in Italian. "I fear to lose myself, to have the mask of the killer forced upon me. I fear to be defined as someone I am not."Prosecutors touted an airtight case.

They argued DNA on Kercher's bra clasp belonged to Sollecito. And the alleged murder weapon, a 6 ½-inch kitchen knife taken from Sollecito's home, had the DNA of Knox on the handle and Kercher on the blade, prosecutors said.

During the trial, the defense cast doubt on the knife evidence, arguing it doesn't match the wounds on Kercher's body.

And they said the bra clasp with Sollecito's DNA on it was left at the crime scene for weeks and is so contaminated that the evidence can't be considered credible.

See the evidence against Knox and Sollecito

Knox's family has argued she has been the victim of character assassination.

Members of Kercher's family have declined repeated CNN requests for comment.

Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini accused the defense of "lynching" the Italian police who worked on the case.

Knox and Sollecito have been jailed for more than two years. The trial began in January in Perugia, a university town about 115 miles (185 kilometers) north of Rome.

 





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by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:16 PM
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sweetie00
by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:29 PM

omg- How can they convict with no evidence???

tericared
by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Wow.... 

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stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:35 PM

I had a feeling this was going to be the result.

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CullenLover
by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:36 PM


Quoting sweetie00:

omg- How can they convict with no evidence???


excately. i feel so bad for her.

rfourangels
by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM

So sad.

I think I'm not allowing my kids to go to Italy to be an exchange student...not if this is how they treat Americans.

katy_kay
by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Our local news was covering the verdict, one thing I found interesting was the statement from someone in Italy that said most times a case is appealed the person is acquitted in the appeal.  It really does seem to be a rather backwards system.   

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lilyrose73
by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 7:58 PM


Quoting sweetie00:

omg- How can they convict with no evidence???

I agree...

 


 


Champions find a way... Losers find an excuse

Mama2JoshKatie
by Bronze Member on Dec. 4, 2009 at 8:51 PM

But didn't they find her DNA on the knife handle? All of you who feel sorry for her, do you really believe she is innocent? If she didn't do it then yes it is horrible. But the things I've read don't make it sound good at all. Didn't she change her story a couple times? I feel sorry for the poor woman who was killed.

tericared
by on Dec. 4, 2009 at 8:57 PM

A knife she would have used as she lived in the apartment and the wounds did not match the blade? 

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survivorinohio
by René on Dec. 4, 2009 at 9:11 PM


Quoting katy_kay:

Our local news was covering the verdict, one thing I found interesting was the statement from someone in Italy that said most times a case is appealed the person is acquitted in the appeal.  It really does seem to be a rather backwards system.   

Well heres hoping for that!  I really hope that justice is served.  From what I have read it seems as if this girl has gotten a shady deal.

               

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


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