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No Weapon and Bad DNA led to Amanda Knox Conviction Reversal, Italian Appeals Court Says

Posted Dec 15, 2011 2:26 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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An Italian appellate court today stated that it reversed the high profile murder conviction of Amanda Knox because the evidence did not add up, the Associated Press reports.

Knox, an American who was in Italy studying languages, in 2009 was convicted of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also convicted of murder, and like Knox the conviction was reversed on appeal in October 2011.

Today, according to the AP, the court stated that the case had many shortcomings, including no murder weapon, bad DNA, and an inaccurate timeline for the crime.

The court did find that a slander charge against Knox, for falsely accusing a bar owner of Kercher’s murder, was proven. Also, the court allowed that Knox and Sollecito did not have matching alibis. But that evidence issue did not rise to the government’s claim of false alibis, the court stated.

Knox in October was credited for time served on the slander conviction and released from an Italian prison. According to the AP she returned home to Seattle.

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