Meredith Killing: Amanda Knox Back In Court As Her Appeal Against Her Murder Conviction Resumes | World News | Sky News

An appeal court has given two independent forensic experts 90 days to carry out a review of controversial evidence used to convict Amanda Knox.

The American’s former boyfriend computer studies graduate Raffaele Sollecito, 25, was also found guilty at the original trial and given 25 years.

Key to their conviction was a 30cm kitchen knife found in Sollecito’s apartment on which the court heard DNA from Knox was found on the handle and that of Meredith on the blade.

Sollecito’s defence team are also disputing a clasp from Meredith’s bra on which DNA from him was said to have been found and in both cases lawyers say the results were so low they should not have been used as evidence.

At the hearing in Perugia Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellman formally appointed Stefano Conti and Carla Vecchiotti, from the forensic medicine department of Rome’s La Sapienza University to carry out the review.

He told them:”You should look at the procedures used and give your opinion on the attributions that were originally made.”

The judge also agreed to a prosecution request that their original expert Patrizia Stefanoni be allowed to observe their work.

Dr Conti asked the judge if they could ”open up the handle” of the knife and he said that if they needed to as part of their work a request should be made and he would consider it.

While the review is being carried out the trial will also hear from other witnesses with the next date set for March 12 and 26, followed by April 16 and May 21.

 

Raffaele Sollecito

Sollecito is also appealing against his murder conviction

 

Among them will be the prosecution’s key witness tramp Antonio Curatolo who during the original trial put Knox and Sollecito at the scene of the crime – the only one to do so.

He had told the court he remembered the night ”clearly” as he saw student revellers queueing up to catch buses to nightclubs on the outskirts of the city.

However defence lawyers have established that he could not have as the night Meredith was murdered was a bank holiday with venues being shut and no buses running.

They are also expected to bring up a charge of drug dealing that Curatolo, 53, faces and which is due to go to trial later this year – he has been a key witness in two previous Perugia murder trials.

Curatolo said he saw Knox and Sollecito ”chatting animatedly” on a basketball court in a square close to the house and that he saw them ”around five times” between 930pm and midnight the night that Meredith was murdered.

During his evidence he pointed to the couple, who have always insisted they were at home the night Meredith was killed and did not leave until the following morning.

 

There is no DNA, no real motive, no weapon and no credible witnesses at all

Retired British university professor David Anderson

Meredith Killing: Amanda Knox Back In Court As Her Appeal Against Her Murder Conviction Resumes | World News | Sky News.

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