Amanda Knox Is Free!
Amanda Knox, the American student held in Italy, has had her murder conviction overturned!
Imagine if you will, what it would be like to live, eat, breathe and sleep in Italy for the summer. Sounds like heaven. It turned out to be hell for American student, Amanda Knox. When she applied for and got a semester in Perugia, she didn’t bargain on being accused of a crime that she didn’t commit and spending four years of her life in jail.
According to CNN, at 3:48 pm ET, the appeals court jury partially overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox and her (then) boyfriend Raffele Solectio. They upheld the defamation conviction against Amanda. In 2007, when her British roommate Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia, Amanda allegedly accused club owner, Patrick Lumumba of the crime. The above photo is of Amanda being led out of the courtroom after the sentences were overturned.
During the appeal process, when Amanda was finally allowed to address the judge and jury, she told them, “I’m not a promiscuous vamp. I’m not violent … I have not killed, I have not raped, I was not there, I was not present.”
On November 2, 2007, Meredith Kercher’s mangled body was found in their apartment. That was the same weekend that Raffaele and Amanda had planned to spend their very first weekend together. Instead they spent it being interrogated by the police.
Compelling DNA evidence from Rudy Hermann Guede, a drifter and drug dealer was found in the apartment along with the weapon. He was tracked down in Germany, brought back to italy, then tried and convicted for murder.
However, the prosecutors weren’t done. While the DNA evidence against Amanda and Raffele were flimsy at best, and the evidence was also tainted by (a) mis-handling and (b) having been collected 46 days after the murder, they pushed on and on, labeling the college student as a sex-crazed wild child.
In later interviews, the original prosecutor admitted that he hadn’t really looked at the material gathered for the case.
The original trial and arguments had so many flaws and so many outsiders, there wasn’t a chance that either would be convicted for murder, but they were. Could it have been because she was an American? Could it be because the police just wanted to close a case with a bang? Why have one murderer, when you can have three and make up a story of sex games gone wrong?
Who knows why the prosecutors ignored the facts and the actual evidence from the first case. The fact is that two people were robbed of four years of their life.
Soon, after four long years of hell, Amanda Knox will be back in her parent’s home and can lay her head on her own pillow once more.
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.