Evidence to be retested in Amanda Knox murder case
American Amanda Knox was convicted in 2009 of murdering her British roommate in their shared home in Italy.
January 22nd, 2011
09:20 PM ET

Evidence to be retested in Amanda Knox murder case

Amanda Knox, the American convicted in December 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering her British roommate in Italy, is "cautiously optimistic" as she begins the lengthy appellate process in Perugia, Italy, her best friend said Saturday.

Two forensic experts from Rome's La Sapienza University were sworn in Saturday by Italian judge Claudio Pratillo Hellman, taking an oath to uphold objectivity as they retest crucial forensic evidence used to convict Knox, 23, and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, of killing Meredith Kercher in Perugia.

The experts' work begins on February 9 and they must conclude their analysis by May 9. Results will be presented to the two-judge and six layperson jury on May 21.

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    I truly hope she'll be declared innocent in the appeal

    January 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marc

    If she had told the truth instead of saying a black man did it, she probably wouldn't be in this mess.

    January 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |

    the old 'it wasn't me it was some black guy' trick doesn't work so good now a days.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alec

      The "black guy" - Rudy Hermann Guede - was likewise found guilty of the murder and is serving 30 years in prison.

      January 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bonegardner

      She said she wasn't sure if she was with her boyfriend that night (not sure how that happens...drugs I guess), then she said she was with Patrick Lumumba (a black guy who is not Guede) and he commited the murder, except it turned out he had an alibi and was eventually exhonerated. Get your facts straight.

      January 25, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Everything that I've read and seen about this case makes me think she's guilty. I think re-evaluating the evidence will bear that out.

    January 23, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      The original evidence, and the judicial process that allowed it to be presented, does not meet the standards we enjoy in U.S. Courts. Because of that, it is difficult to evaluate, with the perspectives of our standards, whether she is guilty or not. My daughter wanted to study in Italy this year. Because Americans don't have the protection of a Common Law system in Italy, our daughter is now studying in England. In England, accused people are still innocent until they are proven guilty.

      January 23, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • santacroce

      @George – The standard enjoyed in the courts in the US is the same system that let OJ get away with a double murder.

      January 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joanna

    first of all the "black guy" not only plead guilty but has stated he ALONE was guilty. italy sucks~

    January 23, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Italy may not have our judicial system, but it is a beautiful country, nonetheless.

    I guess the moral of the story is, if one is going to spend any length of time in a foreign country, make sure one knows their judicial laws and don't break them.
    The United States doesn't allow the "ignorance of the law" defense; why should any other country?

    January 23, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. sanbro2

    to Joanna.....NOT TRUE. the black guy, Ruede Guede is his name, NEVER stated that he alone murdered meredith...he instead stated that Amanda Knox & Raffaelle Sollecito were there the night Meredith was murdered....he stated that he was not the one who killed Meredith but was also there that night....as a result, the 3 are guilty and are serving time in jail for the horrendous crime.

    January 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dana

    Either way guilty or not this is so sad, one family has lost their daughter forever and another young girl is in prison for 26 years. For anyone who wants to read the facts as the judge saw them read the Massei report written on the case. I personally see holes in both sides, in America if theres any "reasonable doubt" then you go with not guilty. In Italy they have their own way of doing it, Ive never been there or studied the laws or judicial sytem but from what I have read it seems that in Italy you could very well be found guilty of a crime you had no part in, thats not saying I believe in this case shes not guilty, Im not giving an opinion right now Im reading all of the reports, everyone check them out and weigh in.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |