Meredith Kercher trial

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Sollecito: I Questioned Amanda Knox's Behavior

Says she acted strangely before Meredith Kercher's body was found

(Newser) - With a new appeal hearing looming in the Meredith Kercher murder case, Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito is not doing Knox any favors. In an interview on Italian TV (parts of which were broadcast on Today this week), Sollecito said he "has some questions" about Knox'... More »

Italians Appeal Knox Acquittal

Prosecutors want to put Knox, Sollecito on trial a 3rd time

(Newser) - Amanda Knox moved back to Seattle after her murder conviction was overturned last October, but Italian prosecutors hope they haven't seen the last of her. They have, as expected, filed an appeal to reinstate her and Raffalle Sollecito's convictions for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher,... More »

Amanda Knox Scores Obama's Book Agent

High-powered DC lawyer Robert Barnett to broker top deal

(Newser) - Major book deals are in the works for both defendants in the sensational Meredith Kercher murder trial. Amanda Knox has hired Washington, DC-based lawyer Robert Barnett to broker possible deals, Reuters reports. Barnett has represented President Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and many other big names from the worlds... More »

Kercher CSIs Joked About Taking Crack to Stay Awake

More details emerge from Amanda Knox appeal

(Newser) - During Amanda Knox’s appeal, forensic professors testified that police made more than 50 errors while examining Meredith Kercher’s murder scene, from using dirty gloves to not changing their shoe covers. They also exhibited a “jovial unprofessional manner”—namely, they joked about taking drugs to stay awake,... More »

So You Think Knox Had a Guilty Face?

People can't read expressions after all: Ian Leslie

(Newser) - We've all wondered about those photos of Amanda Knox smirking and glancing mischievously in court—and we were all dead wrong to do so, writes Ian Leslie in the Guardian . Study after study have shown that people believe they can read each other's facial expressions while revealing little... More »

Tearful Knox to Court: 'I Did Not Kill, I Did Not Rape'

She addresses court in advance of verdict expected tonight

(Newser) - Amanda Knox gave an emotional appeal to an Italian court today, insisting, "I did not kill, I did not rape" Meredith Kercher. "I am paying with my life for things that I did not commit," said a shaking and tearful Knox in fluent Italian. "I am... More »

Knox Is Like Jessica Rabbit: Defense

Meaning she's not actually bad, says attorney

(Newser) - Yesterday she was a " Satanic she-devil" ; today, Amanda Knox is Jessica Rabbit—according to a defense lawyer. Giulia Bongiorno told the court today that Knox isn’t the "femme fatale" prosecutors are describing, but a loving and faithful woman—like the cartoon character from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,... More »

Knox a 'Satanic She-Devil,' Court Told

Lawyer for man she accused testifies to her two-faced nature

(Newser) - As closing arguments continue in Amanda Knox’s murder-conviction appeal, the court heard today that the American student may look like an angel but is actually a "she-devil." Knox initially accused bar owner Patrick Lumumba of killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher, and his lawyer told the court that... More »

Convicts: Knox Wasn't at Murder Scene

Say Rudy Guede told them in prison he and a friend killed Meredith Kercher

(Newser) - A parade of convicted criminals are today trying to do what Amanda Knox's defense could not: Convince a Perugia court that the American exchange student had nothing to do with the murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher. Mario Alessi today testified that another man convicted in Kercher's murder,... More »

Questions Foxy Knoxy Should Answer

A less-than-sympathetic journalist's dream interview

(Newser) - Amanda Knox was supposed to give a big jailhouse interview to coincide with her upcoming slander trial, but Italian officials canceled it at the last minute. Noted Knox hater Barbie Latza Nadeau was crestfallen, she writes for the DailyBeast , because she had a whole list of nasty questions she'd have... More »

Amanda Knox Back in Court on Cop Slander Charge

'Foxy Knoxy' in court for saying police beat her

(Newser) - Amanda Knox will leave prison for the first time in 6 months today to answer slander charges stemming from her murder trial in Italy. The American—serving a 26-year sentence for killing British student Meredith Kercher—testified during her year-long murder trial that police beat her during questioning. She faces... More »

Amanda Knox Judge: Killing Was 'Casual'

Statement seems to undermine prosecution's motive argument

(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,... More »

Amanda Knox: 'I Am Scared'

In jailhouse interview, American says she remains hopeful

(Newser) - Amanda Knox is scared but hopeful 8 days after an Italian court sentenced her to 26 years in prison for the murder of her British roommate."I am scared because I don't know what is going on," the 22-year-old American said during a 10-minute visit to her 97-square-foot... More »

Amanda Knox Innocent, Verdict 'Absurd': Ex

Co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito also insists in his own innocence

(Newser) - The former boyfriend who was convicted of murder along with Amanda Knox says the 22-year-old American isn't capable of killing anyone. In a prison interview, Raffaele Sollecito described Knox as a "very sweet girl" and said her conviction in the murder of Meredith Kercher was "absurd and inadmissible.... More »

Knox Family Visits Tired, 'Upset' Amanda

'We told her that she's gonna get out of here'

(Newser) - Amanda Knox sought comfort from visiting family members today on her first day in prison since being convicted of murdering her British roommate. "Amanda, like the rest of us, is extremely disappointed, upset about the decision," said her mother, Edda Mellas. "We told her that she's gonna... More »

Kerchers Welcome 'A Little Bit of Justice'

But Amanda Knox conviction doesn't end family's ordeal

(Newser) - Meredith Kercher’s family expressed satisfaction with the guilty verdict last night against those accused in her murder, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. "It brings a little bit of justice for us and for her,” said her sister, speaking at a press conference in Perugia, Italy, just hours... More »

Knox Found Guilty of Murder

Italian jury convicts American student of killing roommate

(Newser) - Amanda Knox was found guilty today of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher and sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison. The 22-year-old American, who cried as the verdict was read, was found guilty of 11 counts related to the crime. Co-defendant and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted... More »

Verdict Reached in Knox Case

American student, co-defendant will learn their fate at 6pm ET

(Newser) - An Italian court will announce the verdict in the Amanda Knox murder trial tonight at midnight in Perugia, 3pm in Knox's hometown of Seattle, numerous news outlets are reporting. Knox, 22, has been in custody for the 2-plus years since the death of her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher. Knox's... More »

Amanda Knox Verdict May Come Today

Jurors in Italy begin deliberations in murder case

(Newser) - Jurors in the Amanda Knox trial in Italy have begun deliberations and are expected to have a verdict today or tomorrow. Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito face life sentences if convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007. Knox, a Seattle native, made an emotional appeal to jurors yesterday to not... More »

Lawyer: Knox Is a 'She-Devil'

Kercher's family sues for millions in damages

(Newser) - An Italian lawyer today called Amanda Knox a “she-devil” for her role in falsely incriminating his client, Patrick Lumumba, in the murder of Meredith Kercher. In early statements to police, Knox said she sat terrified while Lumumba murdered her roommate. Knox appears “angelic,” Lumumba’s lawyer Carlo... More »

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