DNA Experts: Knox Evidence 'Not Reliable'

Knox's defense gets boost from DNA report
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2011 3:30 PM CDT
Amanda Knox Murder Trial: DNA Experts Contest Evidence
Amanda Knox arrives for the appeal hearing, in Perugia, Italy, Monday.   (Stefano Medici)

(Newser) – Independent experts are disputing much of the forensic evidence collected against Amanda Knox, saying in a report today that some of the DNA traces used to convict Knox and Raffaele Sollecito may have been contaminated. Knox's defense had eagerly been awaiting the review's conclusions, and hope it boosts her chances of overturning her conviction in the murder of Meredith Kercher.

The experts say in the report filed in Perugia court that the genetic profile attributed to Kercher is "unreliable" and cannot be attributed with certainty. They said results may have been contaminated on both the knife blade that killed Kercher and a bra clasp that purportedly contained Sollecito's DNA. The document said the tests did not conform to international standards and procedures. "It cannot be ruled out that the result obtained ... may stem from contamination," says the report. Click to read about another piece of potentially good news for her case. (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)

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