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A lawyer for a man that was briefly accused by Amanda Knox of participating in the death of Meredith Kercher has spoken out against the convicted American student on Monday at her appeals trial.
The lawyer for Patrick Lumumba, Carlo Pacelli, asked the appeals court, “Who is Amanda Knox? Is she the mild-looking, fresh faced person you see here, or the one devoted to lust, drugs and alcohol that emerges from the court documents?”
Pacelli added, “Amanda is one and the other, in her a double soul coexists. Both a (saint) and a demonic, satanic, diabolical she-devil, which leads her toward borderline behavior. This was the Amanda of Nov. 1, 2007.”
The lawyer is a representative for the briefly accused Diya “Patrick” Lumumba. Lumumba shared an apartment with Knox and Kercher and Knox originally accused Lumumba of the crime. Lumumba spent time in jail but was eventually released and has proceeded to sue Knox for defamation. Knox claims she was pressured by police to accuse Lumumba.
Knox, 24, was convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher while they were both studying abroad in Perugia, Italy.
Knox, along with her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and a third party, Rudy Hermann Guede, were all convicted for the murder of Kercher and sentenced to 26, 25, and 30 years in prison. However, Guede’s sentence was reduced to 16 years after he apologized to the Kercher family.
Knox and Sollecito both deny any wrongdoing in the case and have been undergoing an appeal against the 2009 decision. Knox is fighting to get her murder conviction overturned due to DNA evidence that independent experts have declared unreliable.
The appeals case began over a year ago and a verdict is expected to be decided upon in early October. Prosecutors are pushing for Knox to get a life sentence. Her sentence could also be confirmed or shortened unless she is fully acquitted of the crime.
A friend of Knox, Madison Paxton, has told AP that Knox is worn out by her four years behind bars and is becoming increasing anxious about the looming decision.
Paxton said of her close college friend, “In these days coming towards the end, finding very peaceful moments is hard for her. Her sleep is very disturbed, her eating is very disturbed.”