The Amanda Knox trial resumes with lawyers questioning independent experts who cast doubt on the DNA evidence used to convict her and boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
The 24-year-old from Seattle who has been behind bars since the November 2007 murder was in the Perugia courtroom, as was her co-defendant and her onetime boyfriend.
The appeals trial picked up where it left off before the summer recess in late July: with questioning of independent experts who have reviewed the collection and analysis of DNA evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito.
The two were convicted in Dec. 2009 of sexually assaulting and killing Kercher in the apartment they shared while while studying in Perugia. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison; Sollecito to 25.
The Knox hearings will continue through the week, with the parties expected to sum up their cases. After rebuttals later in September, an appeals verdict is expected by month-end.
Knox’s defense received a boost after the independent experts questioned much of the evidence that was collected in the original investigation, saying procedures to obtain it fell below international standards and may have led to contamination.