Italy’s apex criminal court said that the Amanda Knox murder case had “stunning flaws,” and that it was put forth on trial with an “absolute lack of biological traces” that connected Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito to the murder of Knox’s roommate.
No evidence could be gathered that confirmed that Knox and Sollecito were in the bedroom where Meredith Kercher was stabbed to death. The two women were students and shared an apartment in Perugia. Knox and Sollecito were exonerated of the charges of murdering Kercher.
Carlo Dalla Vedova, Knox’s lawyer, said the defendant was “very satisfied and happy to read this decision. At the same time, it’s a very sad story. It’s a sad story because Meredith Kercher is no longer with us, and this is a tragedy nobody can forget.”
As reported by NBC News, Knox and Sollecito were taken into custody after Kercher was found dead with around 40 knife wounds over her half-naked body. She was found in the apartment that she shared with Knox in the university town of Perugia.
The two defendants of the case had said that they were alone together on the night of the murder, watching a movie, smoking pot and having sex. However, they were arrested two years later. In 2011, their convictions were overturned and Knox escaped to Seattle, her hometown, where she stayed during the second trial.
In an interview last year, she had said that she “will not willingly submit myself to injustice.”
Their conviction was once again overturned in a March ruling.
Italian law requires that a formal written explanation be issued by the Court of Cassation. Explaining its March ruling, the apex Italian court vindicated Knox and Sollecito of all accusations in the murder case of Kercher. The court said there were “blameworthy omissions of investigative activity” in the case. Media clamor was also cited as one of the factors that attributed to a flawed case, the court said.
“The international spotlight on the case in fact resulted in the investigation undergoing a sudden acceleration, that, in the frantic search for one or more guilty parties to consign to international public opinion, certainly didn’t help the search for substantial truth,” the judges wrote.
Knox would have been sentenced to 28.5 years in Italian prison if the Court of Cassation had decided to uphold the 2014 appeals court conviction, as reported by New York Post. Sollecito would have faced 25 years in prison.
The court also said that “copious” biological traces were left behind by Rudy Guede, the third suspect in the murder case. Guede is currently serving a sentence of 16 years after choosing a fast-track trial.
Italian law bars any further investigation.
In a statement, Knox said she was “grateful” that the court “forcefully declared my innocence.”
“This has been a long struggle for me, my family, my friends, and my supporters. While I am glad it is now over, I will remain forever grateful to the many individuals who gave their time and talents to help me,” she wrote on her website.
“Today would not have been possible without your unwavering support. I will now begin the rest of my life with one of my goals being to help others who have been wrongfully accused.”
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