Knox lawyers claim charges not proven

PROSECUTORS have failed to prove American Amanda Knox murdered her roommate Meredith Kercher, a court has heard.

In his closing arguments, Knox’s lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova yesterday said that key DNA evidence in the case cannot be attributed “beyond any doubt.”

“There are still many doubts in this trial, and there’s a young girl waiting to be judged,” he told the jury, which is expected to issue a verdict this week.

Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are being tried in Perugia, central Italy, for the 2007 murder of British exchange student Ms Kercher, 21. They deny the charges.

Ms Kercher’s body, her throat cut, was found on November 2, 2007, in the student’s apartment.

Prosecutors say that Knox resented her and killed her, with the help of Sollecito and Rudy Guede under “the fumes of drugs and possibly alcohol”.

A knife with a 6-inch blade, with Ms Kercher’s DNA on the blade and Knox’s on the handle, was found at Sollecito’s house. Defence lawyers argued the knife is too big to match Ms Kercher’s wounds and the amount of what is claimed to be her DNA is too low to be attributed with certainty.

Knox, aged 22, and Sollecito, aged 25, were arrested shortly after the murder. They are being tried on charges of murder and sexual violence and prosecutors have requested life imprisonment for them.

Guede was sentenced to 30 years in prison last year after a fast-track trial. He is appealing his conviction.

Mr Dalla Vedova portrayed Knox as a “clean-faced young girl, swept away by a tsunami,” who decided not to go back to the US as she could have in the days after the murder.


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