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Tuesday
Jun282011

Amanda Knox 'Shocked' by Witness Accusation

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(PERUGIA, Italy) -- Amanda Knox told an Italian court on Monday that she was "shocked" when a convicted murderer implicated her in the death of her roommate Meredith Kercher, and said she was sorry she couldn't tell him to his face.

Knox was not allowed to speak until after Rudy Guede left the courtroom.  Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter, has been convicted along with Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in Kercher's murder.  His sentence was shortened to 16 years on appeal.

During Guede's appearance at Knox's appeal hearing of her 26-year prison sentence Monday, he refused to answer questions about Kercher's 2007 murder.  Guede insisted he was only in court to answer questions about former cellmate Mario Alessi, a convicted criminal who testified last week that Guede told him that Knox and Sollecito were not present at Kercher's murder.

The prosecutor however read a letter in which Guede denied Alessi's claims and indicated that Knox and Sollecito were tied to Kercher's death.

Knox, who is from Seattle, tried to speak, but was told by the judge she would have to wait until Guede finished.  Knox watched Guede steadily during his testimony.  Guede avoided looking at her.

After Guede left the stand and the courtroom, Knox, speaking in Italian, told the court that the only time she, Sollecito and Guede were in the same room was in a courtroom.

"I am shocked and anguished by these declarations...he knows we weren't there," she told the court.

Knox said she was sorry she couldn't say it to him in court, "that he should say the truth first."

Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of the Kercher, an exchange student, also spoke to the court about Guede.

"I've never seen him, don't know him. ...don't know how he indicates me with Amanda Knox," Sollecito said.  Sollecito said that he and Knox have been fighting "these shadows" for four years.

Guede has "destroyed our lives," Sollecito said and asked, "What position am I meant to defend if this boy doesn't answer (questions)?"

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Monday
Jun272011

Witness Denies Amanda Knox Was Absent During Murder

TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- A key witness in Amanda Knox's appeal trial denied claims Monday that he told fellow inmates that the U.S. exchange student and her boyfriend were not present at the time of her roommate's murder in 2007.

The testimony from Rudy Guede, who is now serving a reduced sentence of 16 years for the murder and sexual assault in Italy of British student Meredith Kercher, comes one week after his fellow inmates testified that he had told them Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were not present the night of the murder.

Guede said in court Monday their claims are not true.  Guede was called to be questioned specifically about what Mario Alessi, an inmate in the same jail as Guede and witness at last Saturday's hearing, said Guede had told him in jail; that a friend of Guede, not Knox or Sollecito, killed Kercher.

"Absolutely not," Guede said, answering a question from the prosecutor about whether he had discussed the murder with other inmates while in jail.  Guede did confirm that he does know the inmates in question.

This is likely to be the last hearing with witnesses in the appeal trial before the court moves onto debating the independent forensic experts' report, set for the end of July.

Guede himself has always admitted he was in the cottage that Knox shared with Kercher in Perugia, Italy the night she was killed, but did not participate in the crime.  Instead, he says, he was listening to his iPod while going to the bathroom when intruders murdered Kercher.  Nevertheless, his saliva was found on the victim, his hand prints in blood were on the bedroom wall, his fingerprints were in the room and his DNA was on the victim's bra and purse.

Guede, 24 was ultimately charged with murder, sexual assault and the theft of 300 euros, two credit cards and two cellphones that belonged to Kercher.  Knox, 23, has been sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison for the November 2007 murder of Kercher; Sollecito was given 25 years after their conviction in 2009.

Another witness expected in court is Giacomo Benedetti, a friend of Guede's who spoke with him during a police recorded Skype conversation that occurred while he was on the run in Germany after Kercher's death.  Days after the murder, Benedetti said that Guede had told him that Knox and her boyfriend weren't there at the time of the killing.

Guede's testimony is one of the key elements of this proceeding.  The other major factor is an independent review of crucial DNA evidence that helped lead to the convictions.  This includes the victim's DNA found on a knife in Sollecito's apartment, and Sollecito's own DNA found on a piece of Kercher's bra clasp.

But defense lawyers have argued the bra clasp was not collected for six weeks, and was possibly contaminated by police or, in the case of the knife, that it was too weak for a test to begin with.

The defense also points out the complete absence of Knox's DNA in Kercher's bedroom, where there is plenty of Guede's, including his bloody handprints on the wall.

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Friday
Nov052010

Amanda Knox Is Apprehensive, Can't Sleep as Murder Appeal Approaches

Photo Courtesy - Oli Scarff/Getty Images(PERUGIA, Italy)-- Amanda Knox marked a grim milestone Friday, the third full year of living in a prison cell.

It was on Nov. 5, 2007 that the Seattle college student was arrested by Italian police and charged with murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Denied bail, Knox, 23, has not left prison since except to attend the murder trial that ended with her conviction and 26-year prison sentence.

During those three years, Amanda Knox has become a household name, with several books, a Lifetime movie and potentially even a Hollywood film depicting her life.

Knox's real life, however, is spent sitting quietly in a 129-square-foot prison cell in the outskirts of Perugia, Italy.

"Amanda says prison is like not living because nothing changes. She says everything is the same incessantly," her stepfather Chris Mellas told ABC News.

Lately, Knox's cloistered world has been agitated. Her family says that Knox has had trouble sleeping as the Nov. 24 date approaches for the appeal of her murder conviction. She is apprehensive, but hopeful, they said.

Earlier this week, the third anniversary of Kercher's death was also noted. Several candles were left in front of the Perugia house that Kercher and Knox shared and where Kercher died, her throat gashed open amid signs of a sexual assault.

Knox, her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Solecito and Ivory Coast drifter Rudy Guede were convicted of killing Kercher in what the prosecution claimed was a drug-fueled rage against Knox's roommate.

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