Amanda Knox Wins Forensic Review Appeal
December 19, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – Amanda Knox‘s legal team won a victory in an Italian court when she was granted a full review of crucial DNA evidence used to convict her of Meredith Kercher’s murder. As part of an appeal to overturn her 26-year sentence, Amanda Knox had appeared in an Italian court yesterday to ask for an independent forensic review of evidence that led to the murder conviction of the 23-year-old American and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, also jailed for the murder. Knox and Sollecito were found guilty in the Umbrian hilltop town last year of stabbing the 21-year-old British student to death in 2007, after a drug-fueled sex game. Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito’s lawyers asked the court to re-examine what they believe to be contaminated DNA found on the clasp of Miss Kercher’s bra, and the kitchen knife that was used to murder her. They also claim the knife was too big to have inflicted the wounds on Kercher’s neck. Knox maintains that she is completely innocent, while prosecutors are pushing for Knox to get a life sentence, the term they had requested at the original trial, if the court still deems her guilty. Her lawyer is also asking the court to enter a new witness: Luciano Aviello, a member of the mafia who is currently in prison, claims that Kercher was killed by his brother. Aviello says that his brother and an Albanian man killed the Leeds University student as part of an attempted burglary.