Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito’s retrial in the 2007 murder of Amanda’s British roommate, Meredith Kercher, began today in Florence, Italy. Neither is in Italy for the trial. You can read my first post about Amanda’s case from 2011 HERE.
Amanda and Raffaele were arrested in 2007, convicted in 2009, and spent four total years in prison before being acquitted in 2011. An appeals court overturned their conviction and Amanda and Raffaele were released. Raffaele headed back to him hometown and Amanda went back to the US.
Meanwhile, prosecutors appealed the acquittal, which prosecutors can’t do in the US, but is legal in Italy. Italy’s highest court reviewed their appeal and overturned the acquittal last year, stating that it was full of “deficiencies, contradictions and illogical conclusions.” Now Amanda and Raffaele will be re-tried.
In the retrial, the appellate court will re-examine forensic evidence from the original trial to determine Amanda and Raffaele’s innocence or guilt.
This case has always been an extremely controversial one, and Amanda’s decision to not attend the retrial also has people talking. She said she’s scared to go back, for fear that she might end up back in prison. Her skeptics wonder why she won’t “face the music” and return to proclaim her innocence. Her presence is not required by the court.
A third man who had been tried separately and convicted in Meredith’s murder, Rudy Guede, is currently serving a 16-year term.
I’ve had many people ask me what I think about this case, and to be honest, I’ve never been able to form a concrete opinion of Amanda and Raffaele’s guilt or innocence. I will say that I’m not sure if there’s enough evidence for a conviction and I definitely believe that if the crime had been committed in the US and the trial had been in the US, both would have been found not guilty.
If Amanda and Raffaele are found guilty again, they both will be ordered to return to Italy to serve their sentences. If they refuse to go, an extradition request may be put in, but there are conflicting reports on whether the US would comply.
I’ll post updates about the trial as they come in.