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Amanda Knox is best known for her conviction and acquittal in the murder of her roommate in Italy, Meredith Kercher. Knox's acquittal was overturned in 2013 and she was again convicted of murder in 2014.
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On October 3, 2011, two years after their first trial, the murder convictions against Knox and Sollecito were overturned. Knox's prior conviction for defaming Patrick Lumumba was upheld, and she was sentenced to a three-year term and fined. Upon the announcement of the verdict, reporters' cameras caught Knox breaking into tears. Knox flew from Rome, Italy, to London, England, and then home to Seattle, Washington.
Not long after returning home, Knox picked up her studies at the University of Washington, majoring in creative writing. In a sharp turn of events in March 2013, Knox and Sollecito were both ordered to stand trial again for the murder of Meredith Kercher by the Italian Supreme Court. Italy's final court of appeal, the Court of Cassation, overturned the acquittals of both Knox and Sollecito.
Knox released a statement shortly after learning that she would again face trial for murder: "It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in Meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair," she stated, adding, "I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele's sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith's family. Our hearts go out to them."
After the acquittal was overturned, the new trial began on September 30, 2013. Because the court in Perugia lacked the appropriate amount of space needed, the location of the second trial was in Florence, Italy, with Judge Alessandro Nencini overseeing the trial. Knox has made no arrangements to attend any portion of the trial, while Sollecito will attend the trial as it comes to an end and a verdict is reached.
A new piece of evidence will also be examined in the trial, namely evidence 36-I. Evidence 36-I is a small piece of material that was found on the knife that Italian prosecutors believe was used to kill Kercher. With the Italian Supreme Court's decision that any new information gained from 36-I would be "decisive" in March of 2013, the discovery of Kercher's DNA on the evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict for the two defendants.
In a decision that created shockwaves around the globe in early February 2014, Knox and Sollecito were again found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher, following nearly 12 hours of deliberation by an appeals court jury that concluded by upholding the lower-court's 2009 decision against Knox and her former boyfriend. Sollecito received a 25-year prison sentence while Knox, who was convicted of slander in addition to murder, was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison.
"I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict," Knox wrote of the recent verdict. "Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.
Watch the Lifetime Original Special documentary "Beyond the Headlines: The Amanda Knox Story" on myLifetime.com.
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