The 26-year-old has just been found guilty by an Italian court for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. She has also been sentenced to 26.8 years in prison. This is the third murder trial for Amanda and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Are you shocked by the verdict?
Amanda Knox is guilty again. The Seattle native was in her hometown Jan. 30 when her fate was sealed. The murder of Meredith Kercher took place in the small Italian town of Perugia in 2007, and the Italian court system has been trying to peg the murder on Amanda and Raffaele Sollecito ever since.
Amanda Knox Found Guilty In Murder Trial
The decision was made by an appeals court in Florence, for this latest trial has been ongoing for the past four months. Both Amanda and Raffaele have been previously found guilty and then acquitted of the murder. They both spent four years in custody, before being acquitted in their 2011 appeal.
Amanda’s attorney Carlo Davalla Vedova said there was no chance that they could find her guilty again.
“The knowledge about Amanda is innocence is rock-solid and it allows us to wait for the verdict with complete serenity,” Carlo said during closing arguments. “It is impossible for the court to convict someone because they are ‘probably’ guilty or ‘may be’ guilty.”
Amanda Refuses To Go To Italy For Retrial
While Amanda stayed put in Seattle, Raffaele was present when the verdict was read.
Amanda can now attempt another appeal with the Supreme Court, and there could even be a fourth trial.
“Italy would usually refuse to extradite someone convicted of murder to the U.S. based on human rights grounds, because of the death penalty,” Argia Bignami, a Rome-based attorney told USA Today. “But that is not relevant for an extradition request to Italy from the U.S.
“But an extradition request is not automatic,” Argia also explained. “That’s a further step that must be taken, and it’s not at all clear how U.S. authorities would react to such a request or what would happen if they refused.”
Amanda spoke with Matt Lauer on Today on Sept. 20, and revealed why she didn’t want to go back for the trial.
“I was imprisoned as an innocent person,” she said. “It’s common sense not to go back.”
Amanda, who has been insistent from the beginning that Rudy Guede is responsible for the death of Meredith, hopes that one day the parents of the murdered student will forgive her.
“It’s so hard to be logical about this when you’ve lost someone so close and important,” she said. “But she insisted the future will be much brighter between them.”
In the United States, Amanda could not be retried because of Double Jeopardy laws, which state you can’t be tried for the same crime twice.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Amanda’s verdict?
— Chloe Melas