Knox's Mom Confident as Trial Recesses for Summer

Prosecutors try to salvage credibility of DNA evidence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2011 4:19 PM CDT
Mother of Amanda Knox Confident as Trial Recesses Until September
Amanda Knox arrives for Saturday's hearing.   (AP Photo/StefanoMedici)

(Newser) – Prosecutors at Amanda Knox's appeals trial battled it out today with independent forensic experts who say some of the key DNA evidence used to convict her of murder is bogus. Prosecutor Manuela Comodi sought to undermine the experts' conclusions and show that the forensic evidence used to convict Knox could stand. The experts, who were appointed by the court to review the evidence, maintained that the original investigation was marked by glaring errors. They have mentioned more than 50, including the wearing of dirty gloves in collecting evidence.

Today was the trial's last hearing before the summer break, and Knox's mother is optimistic. "Even though the prosecutors tried to make confusion, I don't think it worked," said Edda Mellas. "The experts are sticking by their report. There is no DNA that connects Amanda and Raffaele to the crime." The trial resumes Sept. 5. (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)

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