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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Amanda Knox Says The Hell With Italy & Won't Be Returning For Retrial

Amanda Knox will not return to Italy for murder retrial
ROME - Amanda Knox, the American student accused of the 2007 
murder of her British roommate, will not return to Italy for a retrial 
due to begin next month, her lawyer told an Italian daily on 
Knox, 26, spent four years in prison for the murder of Meredith 
Kercher, whose half-naked body was discovered with more than 
40 wounds and a deep gash in the throat in the apartment they 
shared while studying in Perugia in central Italy.
Following an appeal, Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito 
were acquitted in 2011 and she returned to her Seattle-area home. 
But Italy's supreme court ordered a retrial in March due to 
inconsistencies in the appeal court's decision to release them.
Knox's lawyer Luciano Ghirga told Florence daily La Nazione on 
Saturday that he had recently met Knox in Seattle for a briefing 
ahead of the retrial, and that she had decided not to return to Italy.
Knox does not have to attend the retrial and can be represented by 
her lawyers.
Ghirga said that Knox was not trying to run away from anything 
but that she did not understand why a retrial was necessary.
Knox released a memoir earlier this year in which she maintained 
her innocence and painted herself as a naive young woman 
rail roaded by a foreign justice system.
Italy's supreme court has said the judges in the appeals case which 
led to Knox's acquittal overlooked evidence against the accused 
and wants the theory that Kercher was killed during a group sex 
game to be re-examined.
At the moment only one person is in jail for the murder, Ivory-
Coast born Rudy Guede, who is serving a 16-year sentence.
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