Amanda Knox Raffaele Sollecito: Free in Italy – Meredith Kercher Family in Court

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.

Meredith Kercher

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

Rudy Hermann Guede, Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito (L-R)

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)

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  • AJ

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are innocent. Period. Rudy Guede is guilty. Period. There as never been proof of anything else. I, too, believed the media at first, and thought that Ms. Knox was absolutely guilty. Then I really looked into the case, and found out that there had been a serious mistake. Amanda Knox and her boyfriend could not have been guilty. The only thing that made little sense to me, Ms. Knox’s confession, could very easily be explained by her lack of understanding of the language, her inebriation, her hunger and her fear. Her implicating an innocent man could be explained by the police asking Ms. Knox who she “thought” could have done it or her misunderstanding their question. If a woman is raped and murdered, and there is a man in her life that had unrequited feelings for her, that man would be suspect in the crime. Especially if that man comes close to matching a witness’s description.

    I’m very, very sorry for the Kercher family, but the true murderer has been found and justice is finally being served. Just because the Italian police and media convinced the family of Ms.Knox’s guilt doesn’t make it so. There is a difference between justice and vengeance. One they are entitled to, and are getting. The other will not bring Meredith back and will only serve to hurt or destroy everyone involved, including the Kercher family themselves. Lashing out in pain and anger is not going to help anyone. I hope that one day, the Kercher family will find peace in knowing that the murderer of their precious girl is in prison and that her innocent friends are free.

  • AJ, I have no problem believing you as I have not done any investigation on the case. I have only read the news reports. I did hear one thing on television that maybe you can address. I understand both Amanda and Raffaele left a bloody footprint at the scene. Is that true? If it is not, then someone needs to talk some of the media who are quite serious about their work.

  • AJ

    The problem with this case is that someone with the Italian police leaked information about it to the media before they actually knew what had happened. When the police appeared to be in error, instead of trying to clear things up, they decided to stick to their story in order to save face. The media would rather believe that pretty young American girl killed another pretty young girl in a sex crime gone wrong than a simple break-in and sexual assault by a transient male neighbor that ended in murder. One story sells more papers, and people continue to spread the tale of sex and murder because it’s titillating rather than true. As such, there are many intricate and confusing aspects of this case, but I’ll try to answer your question as throughly as I can.

    About the footprints: There were many footprints found throughout the apartment. As you’ll see, the bloody prints have been shown to belong to Rudy Guede, and the barefooted prints belonging to Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were made in a substance other than blood, as the prints tested negative for blood. This is what I’ve found out:

    The single bloody footprint left on a bathmat in the apartment belongs to Rudy Guede. It was originally attributed to Raffaele Sollecito because the police (and therefore the media)were intent on proving that Rudy Guede was not the only murderer. They made some shoddy measurements of Mr. Sollecito’s foot and decided that it matched Sollecito’s and not Guede’s. The measurements were incorrect, and the print has since been shown to belong to Rudy Guede. There are diagrams of each posted throughout the Internet. The media has never bothered to clear this up.

    There were sneaker prints in blood also found at the scene of the crime. Most of them were found to have belonged to Rudy Guede, but some were believed by the prosecution to belong to Knox and Sollecito. This was later found by independent forensic experts to be incorrect. The prints in question were found to be partials all belonging to Rudy Guede’s shoes.

    Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito’s footprints were found throughout the home made with an unknown substance, yes. But they were not in blood. And they were not found in Meredith Kercher’s room. They were not even visible to the naked eye, so there was no perfect bloody footprints in the middle of the floor belonging to Knox or Sollecito(as some of the media would like us to believe). The footprints that were found tested negative for blood according to police forensic notes, though the police first testified that the prints were never tested. The unknown substance did react to Luminol (which is used to detect bodily fluids), but many other things cause a reaction with Luminol. These include household cleaners, rust, and dirt. I am sure that all of us have left footprints on the floors of our own homes, and many of them would show up when treated with Luminol.

    I hope this information helps. I know it’s a lot, but this case is pretty complex.