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Amanda Knox Wins Appeal In Italian Murder Conviction.

Sat, December 18, 2010 6:08pm EDT by 1 Comment

The 23-year-old American will be able to retest the DNA from the scene of her former roommate’s murder.

Amanda Knox received a huge break in her murder conviction when an Italian court granted her the right to retest the DNA evidence used to convict her of the murder and sexual assault of roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007. Amanda and Meredith were both exchange students in Italy when Meredith was murdered and Amanda, her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Hermann Guede were charged with the crime.

Rudy is already serving a 16 year sentence for his role but Amanda and Raffaele are attempting to overturn their 26 and 25 year sentences respectively. Amanda made a statement to being home at the time of the murder in the days following, but later recanted saying she had been under duress.

As for the evidence, while Amanda’s DNA had been found on a knife there was never any actual traces of blood discovered.