American student’s acquittal overturned in Italy murder
A new twist emerged Tuesday in the murder case against American student
Italy’s highest court overturned her acquittal on charges she murdered her British roommate.
The move forces yet another trial in the case which is now more than five years old.
The Italian Supreme Court has decided to throw out the acquittals of Amanda Knox and her then-boyfriend in the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, back in 2007 and try this case all over again.
The two of them were originally convicted in 2009 even though there was virtually no evidence against them.
That’s what the appeals court said when it took the case two years later, overturned their convictions and acquitted them.
Now prosecutors appealed that acquittal, telling the Supreme Court that it was wrong and illogical to pretty much throw out everything that the lower court had found as fact.
The Supreme Court agreed and this case will now go back for retrial in an appeals court although Amanda won’t necessarily have to be there.
She could be tried in absentia although Italy could also try to ask for the U.S.’ help in compelling her to go back.
In a statement Tuesday, she called this news painful, saying the allegations against her are unfounded and unfair.
Defense attorneys have vowed to keep fighting.