Kercher was found dead on the floor of her bedroom. By the time the bloodstained fingerprints at the scene were identified as belonging to Rudy Guede , police had charged Kercher's American flatmate , Amanda Knox , and Knox's Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. The subsequent prosecutions of Knox and Sollecito received international publicity, with forensic experts and jurists taking a critical view of the evidence supporting the initial guilty verdicts. Guede was tried separately in a fast-track procedure and in October was found guilty of the sexual assault and murder of Kercher. He subsequently exhausted the appeals process and is currently serving a year sentence. Knox and Sollecito were released after almost four years following their acquittal at a second-level trial, even though Knox was sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment for maliciously accusing an innocent. Knox immediately returned to the United States. The appeals verdicts of acquittal were declared null, however, for "manifest illogicalities" by the Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy in
Who Is Amanda Knox?
Amanda Marie Knox born July 9, is an American woman who spent almost four years in an Italian prison following her conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher , a fellow exchange student who shared her apartment. Knox, aged 20 at the time of the murder, had called the police after returning to her and Kercher's flat following a night spent with her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and finding Kercher's bedroom door locked and blood in the bathroom. During the police interrogations that followed, the conduct of which is a matter of dispute, Knox implicated herself and her employer, Patrick Lumumba, in the murder. Initially, Knox, Sollecito, and Lumumba were all arrested for Kercher's murder, but Lumumba was soon released. In the initial trial, Knox and Sollecito were convicted and sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison, respectively.
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Both Kercher and Knox were exchange students, spending a year in Perugia, Italy, and sharing a home with two other roommates. Meredith Kercher Mez to her friends was only 21 when she was found brutally murdered in the flat she shared in Perugia. Meredith Kercher was majoring in European studies at the University of Leeds, and planned to spend her year in Perugia taking courses on modern history, political theories and the history of cinema. Kercher had specifically chosen Perugia over bigger cities like Rome and Milan because it was safer, small, and she could fly there easily from England.