The latest news on the Amanda Knox appeal. The Knox murder trial got underway, and the case could result in a verdict that could set her free by the Thanksgiving holiday. Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann rejects the Prosecutor Manuela Comodi’s request for more DNA testing, which clears the way for closing arguments.
Knox, 24, and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been sentenced to 26 and 25 years in jail respectively for the murder of Meredith Kercher, who was found half-naked with her throat slit in a flat she shared with Knox in the university city of Perugia.
Patrizia Stefanoni examined DNA traces in the aftermath of the 2007 killing of Kercher, but her work was criticized by independent experts appointed by the court.
Carla Vecchiotti, one expert questioned Monday over the extraction of DNA profiles from the bra clasp, said the data was so mixed that a very high number of genetic profiles could be extracted, depending how one combined the data.
Knox, Sollecito and Ivoirian Rudy Guede were convicted and jailed in 2009 for the murder after what judges concluded was a frenzied sex game that spiraled out of control.
The next hearing in the appeal is scheduled for September 23, when closing arguments begin ahead of a final verdict.
Curt Knox flew into Perugia, Italy, to hear testimony and closing speeches later this week.
“I always believed the truth would emerge,” Knox said in a statement. “Get out and return straight away to Seattle, maybe in November for Thanksgiving,” she said.