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Amanda Knox's Appeal Resumes Over Possibly Contaminated Evidence — Could She Walk Free?

Tue, September 6, 2011 2:29pm EDT by 1 Comment

Amanda, 24, has already spent a sixth of her life in Italian prison, but now her court appeal could set her free!

Amanda Knox‘s Perugia, Italy study abroad term turned sinister after the brutal murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. She’s already served 4 years of her 26-year sentence, and she might finally have a chance to come home.

Forensic police expert Patrizia Stefanoni defends her original analysis of DNA evidence after the 2007 killing, but Amanda hopes that new court-appointed experts can prove her wrong.

The courtroom has heard that instead of using tweezers, the original investigators used dirty gloves — and even left a bloodied bra at the scene for six weeks, suggesting contamination. Patrizia also maintained in the original trial that Amanda’s DNA was found on the handle of the knife believed to the murder weapon and Meredith’s was found on the blade — but now the traces of DNA are said to be too slight to properly convict anyone.

“I think we’re feeling more hopeful,” said Amanda’s father Curt today. “She is obviously a little anxious but she was glad that things got going again in court. I think as the week goes on she will start sleeping a little better.”

Amanda and her former boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, were originally convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith.

Tell us what YOU think — Is she innocent?