Amanda Know Cleared of Murder

Perugia, Italy—(ENEWSPF)—October 3, 2011.  A jury has cleared Amanda Knox of murder and other charges today.  The jury overturned a conviction handed down two years ago which found Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito guilty of killing British college student Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007.

In an impassioned statement to the jury, Knox said “I am not what they say I am — perverse, violent. … I haven’t murdered. I haven’t raped. I haven’t stolen.”

Knox was, however, judged guilty of defamation against Patrick Lumumba who was an early suspect in the case.  She had accused Lumumba, a club owner, of killing Kercher.

Part of the original prosecution case was based on DNA evidence found on a knife and on a bra clasp belonging to Kercher.  In the appeal, Knox’s experts picked apart the DNA evidence which played a critical role in the original conviction.

Either side can appeal this court’s ruling to Italy’s High Court, but such an appeal would be considered on narrow technical grounds only.

Source: CNN news