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Amanda Knox Court to Rule on Retrial

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    Amanda Knox pauses emotionally while speaking during a news conference at Sea-Tac International Airport, Washington after landing there on a flight from Italy, October 4, 2011. Amanda Knox returned home to Seattle one day after an Italian court cleared the 24-year-old college student of murder and freed her from prison.
By Sami K. Martin, Christian Post Reporter
March 25, 2013|7:50 am

Amanda Knox and family are awaiting a verdict from Italy's Supreme Court as to whether she will be acquitted or retried by prosecutors. Prosecutors want another opportunity to prosecute the young woman formerly charged with killing a fellow student while studying abroad in the country.

"The appeal of Amanda's acquittal by the prosecution is not unexpected as they had indicated from the day of the verdict that they would appeal," the family stated in 2012, according to CNN.

Now Knox is reportedly "very anxious" as the verdict is expected to be handed down any day.

"She's carefully paying attention to what will come out. This is a fundamental stage; the trial is very complex," attorney Luciano Ghirga told the Associated Press.

Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested in 2007 after the body of British student Meredith Kercher was found in the apartment she shared with Knox. Her throat had been slashed and she bled out in the apartment. Numerous theories were suggested as to Sollecito and Knox's involvement in the murder, and they were both found guilty.

Sollecito received a 25-year sentence, while Knox was sentenced to 26 years. The court of appeals later overturned the verdict on the grounds that the murder weapon was never found, DNA tests were inconclusive or faulty and the two had no known motive to have killed Kercher.

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Knox was released and returned home to Seattle; Sollecito stayed in Italy and continued his studies. Now, though, the prosecutors who first argued the case and won two convictions are presenting their case to overturn the appeal and start a new trial.

"We are still convinced that they are the co-authors of Meredith's homicide," prosecutor Giovanni Galati is quoted as saying by the Italian news agency ANSA.

Knox has adjusted to her new life in the U.S. and written about her ordeal in "Waiting To Be Heard," which is to be published next month.

 

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