Italian court overturns conviction in Amanda Knox murder trial

Italian court overturns conviction in Amanda Knox murder trial
Italian Supreme Court repeals the verdicts of American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend.

The two were previously sentenced to long prison terms for the murder of student Meredith Kerchner.

While Knox was sentenced to 28 years and six months in jail for murder, her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years.

These sentences are now being revoked and the decision is final, said the Italian judges on Friday night.

British Kerchner was found half-naked and with her throat slit in November 2007. Her body was found in a house she shared with Knox in Perugia in central Italy. Coroners found in all 47 stab wounds on her body, and prosecutors believed at first that she was the victim of a satanic ritual.

An immigrant from the Ivory Coast, Rudy Guede, was in 2008 sentenced to 16 years in prison for complicity to the murder, but prosecutors says they do not believe that he acted alone.

Knox and Sollecito have been found guilty in two different trials in December 2009 and January 2014. Between the two trials, in October 2011, however, both were acquitted by an appeals court, which led to that Knox immediately returned to the United States.

Knox says she is overjoyed by the acquittal in Italian Supreme Court.
- I am tremendously relieved and grateful, she said in a first comment to the news.

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