An Italian Appeals Court has found American Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollectio, not guilty of the murder and rape of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in 2007. Knox and Sollectio were fully acquitted and ordered released immediately. What a terrible day for the Kercher family, and what a joyous day for the Knox family. The question now is, did Rudy Hermann Guede, a drug dealer spending 16 years in prison in connection to Kercher’s death, commit the murder, as both Knox and Sollectio believe he did. See video of the acquittal below.
Knox’s conviction on charges of defamation of character of bar owner, Diya “Patrick” Lumumba was upheld. At some point, Knox accused Lumumba of the murder. For that lie, her 4 years years in prison are considered time served, and she must pay the defense costs of about 22,000 Euros (about $29,319 USD).
This week, Knox gave a 10-minute statement to the Court, saying she was never at the scene of the murder:
“I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn’t there,” Knox said.
“I’ve lost a friend in the worst, most brutal, most inexplicable way possible,” she said of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old Briton who shared an apartment with Knox when they were both students in Perugia. “I’m paying with my life for things that I didn’t do.” Source: Fox News
Meredith Kercher’s family were in court today, and said the following:
“As long as they decide today based purely on the information available to them and they don’t look into the media hype, I think justice will be found,” the victim’s sister, Stephanie Kercher, told reporters. She said the family was satisfied with the original verdicts.
She lamented that Meredith had been “most forgotten” in the media circus surrounding the case, with news photos more frequently showing Knox and Sollecito than “Mez” — the victim’s nickname. “It’s very difficult to keep her memory alive in all of this,” she said.
The family, however, said it could understand the Knox family’s media campaign.
“They fully believe in her innocence. You can’t blame them for that,” said Lyle Kercher, the victim’s brother. “But it’s obviously hard for us.”
Having said that, Fox is reporting that the Knox family in statements after the acquittal, still stands by the Court’s original guilty verdicts.
Nick Squires writing for The Telegraph today has published 5 reasons why Knox is guilty and 5 reason why she is not. It’s a disturbing piece.
“Seriously Flawed” evidence gained Knox and Sollecito their freedom. The Court judged that Knox did not kill and she did not rape, and there is no proof that either did. Knox will reportedly leave Rome by commercial airflight tomorrow, October 4, 2011, and return to her family home in Seattle.
There are varying reports about the prosecution appealing the acquittal. Some reports say an appeal was filed in court today, and other reports say it is unknown whether an appeal is forthcoming. There is no double jeopardy in Italy, and the whole case can be retried. It seems evidence of prosecutorial misconduct was shown in detail in this case, so perhaps the court can turn down an appeal of the appeal. God bless the Kercher family.
Amanda Knox Hears Her Acquittal (Video)