Amanda Knox “Relieved and Grateful” After Acquittal; Kercher Family “Very Shocked”


The family and lawyer of murdered British student Meredith Kercher expressed their disappointment and shock with the acquittal of Amanda Knox – who was tried in absentia over the death.

Ms Knox, 27, who spoke from outside her mother’s home in Seattle, Washington, said she is “relieved and grateful” that a court overturned her conviction for the third time.

The US former exchange student was found guilty in 2011 and again last year before the highest court in Italy – the Court of Cassation – acquitted her again yesterday at the end of a lengthy appeal process.

When asked what she would say to the Kercher family, Ms Knox said: “Meredith was my friend. She deserved so much in this life.”

Francesco Maresca, the lawyer for the Ms Kercher’s family, was disappointed by the ruling. He said: “I think that it’s a defeat for the Italian justice system.”

The judges will release the reasons for their decision within 90 days after concluding that a conviction could not be supported by the evidence.

Ms Knox was sentenced in January – along with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito – to 28 years in prison over the death of Ms Kercher, who was her flatmate in Perugia, Italy.

She claims that she found the body, which was naked except for a T-shirt pulled over her shoulders, after returning home on 2 November 2007 from a night at her boyfriend’s apartment.

Ms Kercher died of suffocation and blood loss from neck stab wounds.

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The Independent

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