Amanda Knox Case: Experts Say DNA on Knife Blade Contaminated, Unreliable

Breaking news for the Seattle native, Amanda Knox, came in today as forensics experts reached the conclusion that the key DNA evidence used against her and to finally convict her could have been contaminated.

The Italian experts concluded that the DNA found on the alleged knife used to kill Meredith Kercher, the British national, is not reliable nor is the DNA found on Kercher's bra at the crime screen.

Amanda Knox(Photo: Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)American university student Amanda Knox arrives in the courtroom during a murder trial session in Perugia December 2, 2009.

However, the experts also agreed, on a contrasting note, that "with the conclusions reached by technical consultants on the genetic profile on the knife's handle, ... that it belongs to Amanda Knox."

The Italian News Agency ANSA reported that results submitted to the appeals court in Perugia, Italy, give credibility to the Knox-Sollecito defense lawyers who previously argued that the DNA evidence had been contaminated by the police.


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The forensic specialists wrote in their report, "One could not exclude the chances of the DNA found in the knife blade coming from environmental contamination and/or contamination caused during the stages of gathering evidence and/or manipulation," according to ABC News.

The results submitted to the appeals court may be groundbreaking in overturning Amanda Knox's as well as her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito's conviction.

A member of the Knox family shared, "This finding was no surprise but a confirmation of what we have known all this time," as reported by ABC.

The trial will resume on July 25 when the 144-page report by the indepedent experts will be discussed.

Knox is a college student from Seattle, Wash., who was studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, when her roommate was murdered in 2007. She has denied any wrongdoing.

“I don’t want to spend my whole life in prison as an innocent,” Knox said in May.