Convicts: Knox Wasn't at Murder Scene

Say Rudy Guede told them in prison he and a friend killed Meredith Kercher

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 18, 2011 9:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – A parade of convicted criminals are today trying to do what Amanda Knox's defense could not: Convince a Perugia court that the American exchange student had nothing to do with the murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher. Mario Alessi today testified that another man convicted in Kercher's murder, Rudy Guede, confessed to him in prison that Guede and an unnamed friend carried out the attack.

Guede has denied making the confession, and prosecutors are questioning giving credence to a Alessi, who is serving a 30-year sentence in the kidnap and murder of an 18-month-old boy. Former mafia member Marco Castelluccio also testified that Guede told him that he and a friend sexually assaulted Kercher, accidentally knifed her, and left her to die, reports CNN; another witness, Luciano Aviello, is expected to testify that his brother was Guede's accomplice. Click through the gallery for a look at those involved. Or here for more on today's testimony.

Amanda Knox, second from left, walks past her lawyer Luciano Ghirga, as she arrives in court for the appeal trial in Perugia, Italy, Saturday, June 18, 2011.
Amanda Knox, second from left, walks past her lawyer Luciano Ghirga, as she arrives in court for the appeal trial in Perugia, Italy, Saturday, June 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
Amanda Knox looks on during her appeal trial in Perugia, Italy, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Knox was convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
Amanda Knox looks on during her appeal trial in Perugia, Italy, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Knox was convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.   (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
Raffaele Sollecito arrives in court for his appeal in Perugia, Italy, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
Raffaele Sollecito arrives in court for his appeal in Perugia, Italy, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher.   (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
Convict Mario Alessi, who is serving a 30-year sentence for kidnapping and killing a 18-month-old boy, sits on June 18, 2011 in court in Perugia.
Convict Mario Alessi, who is serving a 30-year sentence for kidnapping and killing a 18-month-old boy, sits on June 18, 2011 in court in Perugia.   (Getty Images)
Amanda Knox sits on June 18, 2011 in court during her appeal trial at the Perugia courthouse.
Amanda Knox sits on June 18, 2011 in court during her appeal trial at the Perugia courthouse.   (Getty Images)
Amanda Knox sits on June 18, 2011 in court during her appeal trial at the Perugia courthouse.
Amanda Knox sits on June 18, 2011 in court during her appeal trial at the Perugia courthouse.   (Getty Images)
The former boyfriend of Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, talks with his lawyer Giulia Bongiorno on June 18, 2011 in court in Perugia before his appeal trial.
The former boyfriend of Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, talks with his lawyer Giulia Bongiorno on June 18, 2011 in court in Perugia before his appeal trial.   (Getty Images)
This is an  undated file photo released by the Italian Police of 22-year-old murdered British university student Meredith Kercher.
This is an undated file photo released by the Italian Police of 22-year-old murdered British university student Meredith Kercher.   (AP Photo/Italian Police, File)
In this Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008 file photo, Rudy Hermann Guede, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in the murder of Meredith Kercher.
In this Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008 file photo, Rudy Hermann Guede, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in the murder of Meredith Kercher.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
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