Yank Roomie & Lover Held in Murder of British Student

3rd pal also detained in suspected sex assault killing in Italy
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 4:23 AM CST
A man covers his face as he leaves the Police headquarters in Perugia, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 after being detained with two others on suspicion of murder and sexual assault, authorities said. Meredith...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The American roommate of a murdered British student, the flatmate's boyfriend and a bar manager have been detained by Italian police after their alibis collapsed, reports the Guardian. The roomie has already confessed to the macabre crime that police believe was committed during a sexual assault, according to the Telegraph. Meredith Kercher, 21, was found half-naked with her throat cut in a Perugia flat.

Roommate Amanda Knox, 20, and her Italian lover posted an account of a rape and photos of the boyfriend as a “killer doctor" on a social networking web site, police said. An Italian official called Kercher's murder a "horrible death" involving friends. Windows were broken and the apartment ransacked in an effort to make the attack look like a break-in, detectives said.