The Amanda Knox verdict has been overturned by an Italian appeals court. Knox has been acquitted through appeal in the Meredith Kercher murder case in Italy after first receiving a guilty verdict and 26-year prison sentence in the case in December 2009. Today, Amanda Knox was found guilty of defamation against a man named Patrick Lumumba, which carries three years and financial ramifications. Since Knox has been in an Italian prison for four years already, she will be given credit for time served and released almost immediately.
Here in Tucson, residents were gathered around their TV screens, waiting for the translator to relay the court’s verdict. One viewer told us as she waited for the appeal verdict, “I feel bad for Kercher’s family, but I don’t think this girl [Knox] and her boyfriend killed her. Twenty-six years to life is a long time to lock a young girl away for a crime most people don’t even think she had anything to do with.” Moments later, the Italian courts agreed as the world watched Knox collapse into tears of relief and joy.
Amanda Knox Verdict Overturned, Knox Free On Appeal
Seattle college student Amanda Knox, then 20, became a household name in America and around the world after she was arrested, tried and convicted in Italy for the 2007 murder of her housemate, Meredith Kercher. Kercher, 21, was found dead in a pool of blood in her bedroom. The door was reportedly left locked and the killer busted a window to get out. Kercher’s housemate, Knox, acted strangely in the days following the murder and was soon arrested. In 2009, the original Amanda Knox verdict was rendered, and Knox began her appeals process. Today, after throwing herself on the mercy of the court in fluent Italian and proclaiming her innocence one last time, she won those appeals.
After brief paperwork and processing at the prison where she has been held, Amanda Knox will be free to leave and get on a plane headed back to the United States, possibly as early as tonight.
Though the Amanda Knox verdict was overturned and she will walk free, those who mourn Meredith Kercher should take comfort knowing the case against the man most accept as the real killer is not affected by this outcome in any way. Rudy Hermann Guede’s DNA was clearly present in Kercher’s apartment, and he had a very checkered past; more than likely, he committed this crime alone.
Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who was also arrested, tried and convicted in the killing, will also go free today as a result of his joint appeal with Knox. As it now stands in the eyes of the Italian appeals courts, Rudy Guede is the sole person responsible for the murder of British college student Meredith Kercher.