Knox guilty verdict upheld in Italy
FLORENCE, Italy — An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against American student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. Knox was sentenced to 28 1⁄2 years in prison, raising the specter of a long legal battle over her extradition.
After nearly 12 hours of deliberations, the court reinstated the guilty verdict first handed down against Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009. The verdict had been overturned in 2011 and the pair freed from prison, but Italy's supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.
Sollecito, whose lawyers said they would appeal the verdict, was sentenced to 25 years. Reached by telephone, Knox's father, Curt Knox, said he had no comment.
Although Sollecito was in court Thursday morning, he didn't return for the verdict. The 26-year-old Knox was home in Seattle awaiting the decision with, in her own words, ‘‘my heart in my throat.”
Sollecito's lawyers said they were stunned and would take their appeal to Italy's top court. “There isn't a shred of proof,” said attorney Luca Maori.
Presiding Judge Alessando Nencini ordered the 29-year-old Sollecito's passport revoked but made no requests for Knox's movements to be limited, saying she is “justifiably abroad.”
Knox's defense team gave its last round of rebuttals earlier in the day, ending four months of arguments in Knox's and Sollecito's third trial for the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the Italian university town of Perugia.
Knox's lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, had told the court he is “serene” about the verdict because he believes the only conclusion from the files is “the innocence of Amanda Knox.”
“It is not possible to convict a person because it is probable that she is guilty,” Dalla Vedova said. “The penal code does not foresee probability. It foresees certainty.”
Knox had returned to Seattle after spending four years in jail before being acquitted in 2011.
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