ITALY – Amanda Knox’s re-trial in the murder of her roommate is kicking off. The 26-year old Seattle native spent four years in cautionary detention from 2009 to 2013. The retrial comes after she was acquitted earlier this year, avoiding a 26 year sentence.
History of the Case
Knox’s odyssey in the foreign legal system went on for six years since the November 1, 2007 murder of roommate Meredith Kercher, a 21-year old from London. Everything started after Knox formed a relationship with engineering student Raffaele Sollecito in mid-October.
Since Kercher was found dead in the apartment she shared with Knox, Amanda and Raffaele were both arrested and charged with sexual assault, murder, and staging a burglary.
The two were convicted in 2009 and Knox was ordered to pay a total of €50,000 in restitution and legal fees to Patrick Lumumba whom she accused of the murder.
In the media Knox took the brunt of the stick with evidence and events being leaked in the press. One such case with an erroneous blood test in prison which said she had HIV. She claims she was also subjected to sexual harassment while in prison.
In October 2011 Knox’s conviction was overturned at the second stage of trial due to faulty police work. While the cause of death was definite, the murder weapon wasn’t found, and DNA evidence was deemed inconclusive. Knox was released and returned home in early 2013.
Now that the re-trial has started, Amanda Knox had decided not to appear in Italy for her trial. With her prior experience and complications in navigating the Italian legal system, this is definitely a wise move.
“Nothing to fear? I have plenty to fear because I was already in prison wrongfully, I was already convicted wrongfully, and this is everything to fear.” Knox said in a recent interview about the re-trial.
The re-trial is being held as a result of the “deficiencies, contradictions and illogical” of the appeals court decision.
“I’m doing everything I can to prove my innocence. I just think that it’s very sad that that is what it has come to,” Knox said. “The justice is about the prosecution proving the guilt of someone, and it shouldn’t be up to me whether or not I have to live my life free.”
Amanda Knox’s decision to stay out of Italy for trial does nothing to the standing 26 year sentence. While the Italian court could hold her in contempt there would be no increase in the sentence should she be found guilty.