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Meredith Kercher Case

A case in which an English student was murdered in Italy and three individuals, including American student Amanda Knox, were convicted.

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A Quick Tip by aznaphrodite

  • Dec 11, 2009
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Evidence against Knox was very poor. The verdict was more of an anti-American message than justice. I hope Knox is successful w/ her appeal.
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Meredith Kercher was a 21-year-old British student who was part of a university exchange programme. On 2 November 2007 her body was discovered by Italian police at the cottage that she shared with other students in Perugia. She was found lying partially clothed under her bed in her dorm, where her windpipe was crushed and her throat partially slashed.

On 6 November 2007, police arrested three suspects: Patrick Diya Lumumba, owner of a local bar; Amanda Knox, an exchange student from Seattle, Washington, USA; and Raffaele Sollecito, an Italian student. Lumumba was later released and exonerated.

On 20 November, Rudy Guede was arrested in Germany. A warrant had been issued for his arrest on the basis of DNA and fingerprint evidence found on the victim's body. Guede had fled to Germany following the murder. On 6 December, he was extradited to Italy. The three suspects were held in custody in Perugia and were charged with murder, sexual assault and theft.

On 28 October 2008, Guede was convicted of conspiracy to murder Kercher in a "fast-track" trial. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The trial of the two remaining suspects, Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, began on January 16, 2009. On 4 December 2009 both were found guilty of murder. Amanda Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years.

The case received heavy media interest in Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United ...
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