The latest chapter in American Amanda Knox’s six-year-long legal battle may have finally taken a permanent turn in her favor.  New DNA testing on the kitchen knife that prosecutors say was used by Knox to kill Merdith Kercher, her Italian roommate, shows no evidence it touched Kercher.  On Friday, Italian forensic experts began tests on the crucial – and previously untested DNA found on the alleged murder weapon.  Defense lawyer Ted Simon told ABC that preliminary findings show no trace of Kercher’s DNA.

“The findings were Meredith Kercher was not on the blade – something that the prosecution was hoping for,” says Simon. “Those hopes have been dashed.”

If the new findings prove to be true, this would refute the prosecution’s claim that Amanda Knox used the knife to kill Kercher.  “These are reliable findings,” says Simon. However, he cautioned that the findings remain unofficial until submitted to the court.  Kercher was found stabbed to death in 2007 in the home she shared with Knox where they both were studying abroad.  Knox, now 26, and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, have always denied any involvement.  They were both convicted of the crime initially and sentenced to several decades in prison, but an appeals court in 2011 criticized the entire case mounted by prosecutors.  In March, the Italian Supreme Court ordered a third trial for Knox and her former boyfriend saying that there were still unanswered questions.

Rudy Guede was convicted of Meredith Kercher’s murder in a separate proceeding and is serving 16 years in prison.

  1. Lon Spector says:

    The case against “foxy noxie” was a farce. A complete and total farce.


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