Amanda Knox: 'Railroad Job From Hell'?

Investigators split on merits of murder case against college coed
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 2:00 PM CDT
Amanda Knox, left, with her boy friend Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, looking on outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead.   (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
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(Newser) – Amanda Knox , the 20-year-old University of Washington student who's been held by Italian police since November as a suspect in her British roommate's murder, is the victim of a “railroad job from hell,”  an investigator hired by the “48 Hours Mystery” to review the case concluded. "They've put so much into Amanda Knox, they have to convict her now or they look like fools," he says on the show, broadcast last night.

A second investigator hired by the show disagrees, pointing to damning DNA evidence, including a bloody footprint that matches Knox’s boyfriend, who was also arrested, as well as a bloody knife, sink, and bra strap. Knox initially said she “heard Meredith screaming” but later reversed her statement. Still, a producer tells the Seattle Post Intelligencer, “it does feel from the wide shot that there are some real problems in this case. It's just not a clean case." Italian police can hold her for up to a year before filing charges.