Amanda Knox Judge: Killing Was 'Casual'
Statement seems to undermine prosecution's motive argument
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2010 11:17 AM CST
US murder suspect Amanda Knox is accompanied by a police penitentiary officer as she arrives for a hearing at the Perugia court, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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(Newser) – The judge in the Amanda Knox case today wrote that the American killed Meredith Kercher “without any animosity or feeling of resentment,” but rather as a result of “casual contingencies.” That seems to contradict the prosecution’s argument that Knox was motivated by an explosive rage, toward the “prissy” Kercher, ABC News points out, but the judge nonetheless validated the prosecution’s case, calling it “a comprehensive and coherent picture, without holes or inconsistencies.”

Knox’s legal team has been awaiting the judge’s written summation of the case, which is necessary to file an appeal. In Italy, appeals are handled through paperwork, with new jurors looking over the evidence. The judge’s summary basically depicts Knox as a good kid, overwhelmed by being so far from home. He notes that following the crime, Knox and Raffaele Sollecito covered Kercher’s body, indicating “pity toward the victim…and hence a sort of remorse.”