Knox Will Stand Trial for Murder

American student faces charges in Italian court in death of roommate last year
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2008 4:51 PM CDT
Amanda Knox is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers to Perugia's court at the end of a hearing, central Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2008.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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(Newser) – American exchange student Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend will stand trial on charges of murdering her British roommate, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The trial in the death of Meredith Kercher will begin Dec. 4 in Perugia, Italy. Prosecutors say Kercher was killed during a violent sex game gone awry and that Knox, a 21-year-old Seattle native, cut her throat.

A third suspect in the case, an Ivory Coast man, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after his lawyers requested a fast-track trial. Prosecutors say Knox's DNA has been found on the murder weapon, a knife. They also allege that DNA from her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was found on the victim's bra. Both deny any involvement in the slaying.