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May212011

Amanda Knox Case: Forensic Experts Get Extension to do Tests

VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images (File)(ROME) -- An Italian court has granted forensic experts extra time to submit their report in the case involving American Amanda Knox, who was convicted of killing her roommate in 2007.

The court’s decision to grant the independent experts more time came on Saturday, the same day that experts were supposed to submit a DNA report. Experts now have until June 30 to hand in the report.

Knox was present at Saturday’s hearing, and spoke out about her experience in prison so far, describing it as being “very frustrating” and “exhausting.”

“I am in prison for three years now and I am innocent,” Knox said, while speaking before the court in Italian. “It is very frustrating and it is exhausting and I want the truth to be found. There have been many mistakes and many prejudices.”

In December, 2010 Knox was sentenced to 26 years behind bars for the killing of roommate Meredith Kercher. The 21-year-old British native was found dead in November, 2007 at the home she shared with Knox in the city of Perugia.

The testing by the forensic experts comes as Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, have appealed their convictions in the murder case. Sollecito was also found guilty of murdering Kercher, and is serving a 25-year prison sentence.

Experts are testing DNA evidence that was said to be found on a knife, believed to be a murder weapon, and on a bra clip found at the scene. Experts are testing to determine whether the results from the original test were valid.

In response to the court’s ruling, Knox said, “I want to thank the court for accepting the independent forensic experts’ requests because this is very important.”

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