Monday, October 3, 2011

The Urban Beat: Amanda Knox is Acquitted of Murder in Italy

Amanda Knox Cleared of Murder Charges

Amanda Knox's five-year ordeal has finally come to a dramatic end. Originally charged and convicted in 2007 for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox long professed her innocence and with the help of family, friends and many supporters, received justice today.

PERUGIA, Italy - American student Amanda Knox, who was convicted by an Italian court for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, was acquitted today by an appeals court.
Her murder conviction in the 2007 slaying of her roommate Meredith Kercher was thrown out by the jury, and she was ordered immediately released from prison after nearly four years of detention.
Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict was read out Monday.
The murder conviction against her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also thrown out.
The judge upheld Knox's conviction on a charge of slander for accusing bar owner Diya "Patrick" Lumumba of carrying out the killing. He set the sentence at three years - meaning for time served - and a fine of 22,000 euros (about $29,000). Knox has been in prison since Nov. 6, 2007.
Sobbing, Knox was escorted out of the courtroom.
Knox and Sollecito had been convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher, who was stabbed to death in her bedroom. She was found in a pool of blood and covered by a duvet the following day.
Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25. Also convicted in separate proceedings was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man. They all denied wrongdoing.
DNA evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito has since been scientifically discredited.
Prosecutors can appeal today's acquittal to Italy's highest court. There was no word late Monday if they planned to do so.
In your opinion, was Amanda Knox guilty of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher?
What will the reception be like for Amanda Knox once she lands on American soil?

blog comments powered by Disqus