Ex: Amanda Knox's Story 'Hallucination'
Raffaele Sollecito says he was alone for part of night of murder
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 1, 2014 7:30 AM CDT
Raffaele Sollecito arrives to attend the final hearing before the third court verdict for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, in Florence, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The first two trials...   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

(Newser) – A major turnaround in the Amanda Knox case: For years, she and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have faced authorities as a pair, and both had their more than 20-year sentences upheld by an appeals court in January. But Sollecito has increasingly been distancing himself from Knox, as part of what CNN describes as a new defense strategy begun in February with an eye on his final appeal in 2015. Perhaps the boldest salvo in that about-face came at a news conference in Rome today, during which Sollecito himself called Knox's story on the morning Meredith Kercher was found "imagination and hallucination."

Knox spent the night with him, but not the full evening, his lawyers now say, per the Local: "For the entire first part of the evening, they were not together. It’s this first part of the evening that’s new [to his defense]." Still, Sollecito said, "I'm not here to change my story," and added, "Amanda and I still believe she is innocent." A lawyer for the Friends of Amanda Knox responds, per mynorthwest.com: "It's stunning, because we've been hearing consistently Raffaele Sollecito had been corroborating Amanda Knox's account, essentially an alibi"—even in his memoir, Honor Bound. "Maybe he's been advised to distance himself from Amanda Knox, but he can't deviate from what the truth is."

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Jul 3, 2014 5:26 PM CDT
This just makes me happy that in the US we have no double jeopardy.
Jul 2, 2014 9:12 AM CDT
All you need to know about this case is that there is no evidence of any kind that Amanda Knox was ever in the room where the murder occurred. How could she have participated in a hand-to-hand struggle to the death with a knife in a little room without leaving even the slightest trace behind? It just isn't possible. Rudy Guede's DNA, finger prints, hand prints, foot prints, hair follicles, etc. were all over that room because he was there. Ms. Knox was clearly not present. Guilters claim to have a "mountain of evidence" that Amanda is guilty. The truth is that they don't even have a mole hill. It's nothing but a big pile of conjecture and sophistry. A hundred times zero is still zero. A thousand times zero is still zero. All the prosecution has is a big 300+ pages of zeros that don't amount to anything.
Jul 2, 2014 6:18 AM CDT
This guy has been a manipulated fool from the very beginning. Amanda made her own deal. I would bet some big money changed hands that let her come back to the states. She left the wide-eyed, puppy love, boyfriend holding the bag. He is now stuck, not able to change the original lie, and only able to distance himself in the slightest way to maintain some credibility. Think about it. What kind of person goes to be an exchange student in a rather beautiful Italian city and then befriends all the sleaziest people in that town? Millions of other people did not get themselves in the same situation, because they were not as morally bereft as Amanda was.