Knox Acted Out of 'Hatred': Prosecutor
Closing argument speaks of 'crescendo of violence'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2009 2:57 PM CST
U.S. murder suspect Amanda Knox, right foreground back to camera, is comforted by her lawyer Maria Del Grosso during a break in the trial for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, in Perugia's...   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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(Newser) – Italian prosecutors pulled out all the stops in closing arguments at the Amanda Knox murder trial, telling the court that the American exchange student killed Meredith Kercher in "an unstoppable crescendo of violence." The chief prosecutor restated his argument that Knox murdered her roommate out of spite because Kercher disapproved of her lifestyle: "She had harbored hatred for Meredith, and that was the time when it could explode," he told the court.

"The time had come to take revenge," Giuliano Mignini continued. The prosecutor argued Knox, then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and acquaintance Rudy Guede tried to make the murder look like a burglary. Knox appeared nervous and tense throughout the proceedings, the Telegraph reports; if convicted, she and Sollecito could face life terms. Closing arguments continue tomorrow, and a verdict is due in December.