Amanda Knox Verdict: Not Guilty, Murder Conviction Overturned!

by at . Comments

Amanda Knox learned her fate at last as the verdict in her high-profile appeal of a murder conviction was read aloud in an Italian courtroom this evening.

It was overturned. The jury found her not guilty of murder, but guilty of defamation. She was ordered to be set free immediately after her acquittal.

Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, also cleared today, were sentenced to 25 and 26 years in prison following their 2009 convictions.

The 24-year-old student tearfully denied brutally killing roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, 2007, pleading for freedom earlier Monday.

Amanda Knox Image

"I am not what they say I am. I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal," Amanda Knox said this morning, her voice trembling with emotion.

It was the most important speech of her life. It showed, and it worked.

"People always ask me, 'who is Amanda Knox?' I am the same person that I was four years ago, exactly the same person," she continued.

"The only thing that now separates me from four years ago is my suffering."

Knox and her family, present in Perugia, Italy, for the verdict, have always claimed that Amanda's imprisonment was a monumental judicial mistake.

Prosecutors, in turn, have depicted Knox as a manipulative liar, and were seeking to increase her sentence to life in prison. Instead, she's free.

The jury was made up of the presiding judge, a side judge and six jurors, five of them women, and had several options regarding deliberations.

They could acquit both defendants and set them free, which they did. They also could have upheld the conviction, but changed the sentence.

Over the course of the trial, the defendants’ appeal had significantly improved, mainly because a court-ordered independent review cast serious doubts over the main DNA evidence linking the two to the crime.

Prosecutors maintain that Knox’s DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife thought to have killed Kercher, whose DNA was on the blade.

They also said Sollecito’s DNA was on the clasp of Kercher’s bra as part of a mix of evidence that included the murder victim’s genetic profile.

But the independent review - ordered at the request of the defense, which had always disputed those findings - reached a different conclusion.

The two experts found that police conducting the investigation had made glaring errors in evidence-collecting and that below-standard testing and possible contamination raised doubts over the attribution of DNA traces.

In the end, a jury agreed. Unlike the Casey Anthony case, however, it appears that, at least to a degree, evidence helped clear Knox rather than simply being absent to the degree that she couldn't be convicted. What do you think? Was justice served?

Amanda Knox:

 

Tags: ,
Like Us On Facebook

More From The Hollywood Gossip

Orlando-bloom-vs-justin-bieber

Orlando Bloom vs. Justin Bieber: Who Started It?

Orlando Bloom tried to do battle with Justin Bieber last night. But just who started this fight?
Stephen-a-smith-apologizes-for-domestic-violence-remarks

Stephen A. Smith Suspended by ESPN for Domestic Violence Remarks

Stephen A. Smith has been suspended by ESPN. He will be off the air for about a week.
Anaconda-nicki

Nicki Minaj Decries Double Booty Standard, Wonders Why Ass is UNACCEPTABLE

Nicki Minaj and her booty are all over the World Wide Web these days. But the singer isn't happy that some folks aren't excited over it.
Tony-dungy-i-would-not-draft-michael-sam

Tony Dungy Defends Michael Sam Comments, Denies Homophobia

Tony Dungy says he is not homophobic. The Super Bowl-winning coach is defending his Michael Sam comments.

Avatar

"I am sure if the case-murder had happened here in the US all of you who defend her would be saying "jail to Amanda", but since it is an American in a foreign country then is "free Amanda" because they all have it against the US and their justice system is flawed!" Baloney! There was DNA all over the murder room, and NONE of it belonged to her or her boyfriend. THAT is what we find fault with.

Avatar

They knew she had nothing to do with this but they figured they had this American girl in their grips and they didn't want to release her but guess what they had to because the DNA proved she wasn't there and they had their head handed to them but it took four (4) years to do it. I think The USA should look at this case when it came to how they handle this case as far as when they went over the DNA and saw there mistakes were made and released her that is the only part of the case I agree with. Her family could sue Italy the manner in which they handled the entire case causing her daughter to go to prison for something she never did.

Avatar

I am *happy* for her, she can now get on with her life.

Avatar

I am glad she's finally free. I found out that the guy who prosecuted her case was a criminal. I hope she doesn't go back ever again.

Avatar
Avatar

She lived in the apartment it was a kitchen knife, ofcourse her DNA is on it. Italian police havent got a clue

Avatar

im so happy shes out of jail. She can finally sleep in her own bed & enjoy life.

Avatar

They already sentenced the guy who killed her he's in prison. Amanda didnt have anything to do with it that guy already said so.

Avatar

Possibly got away due to the fact of contaminated evidence

Avatar

Call me crazy but I thought most DNA and fingerprinting among other things made up a case does it not?... Finger prints in an apartment on a knife with blood, like really? Not saying she is or isn't but that's a bit sceptical...