(PERUGIA, Italy) -- American college student Amanda Knox won a skirmish round Wednesday in the appeal of her Italian murder conviction when a court rejected prosecutors' request to conduct further tests on DNA evidence in the case.
The request to do additional tests on the DNA came after a court appointed independent panel gave a scathing report on the prosecutions' handling and analyzing of the DNA evidence, concluding it should not have been admitted as evidence.
A fresh round of tests could have added months to the appeal at a time when the Seattle woman has gotten her hopes up that her four year incarceration could be coming to an end.
The judge on Wednesday set closing arguments to begin on Sept. 23.
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