Following a guilty verdict in 2009 that put her behind bars for allegedly murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox's fate is predicted to be determined on or before Monday, October 3rd. Knox is currently appealing her sentence of 26 years in prison. In 2009, jurors concluded that Knox, with the help of her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivorian drifter, Rudy Hermann Guede, slashed Kercher's throat when a drug-fueled sex game went awry while Knox and Kercher were living together in 2007 (The Telegraph). .
Knox's lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova is highlighting the errors in the police investigation that ultimately decided Knox's fate two years ago. A recent forensic review created doubt about the two main pieces of evidence used in the original trial - a knife that contained Knox's DNA and Kercher's bra clasp (The Telegraph). "Today there's very little left," Vedova said. "A clue is not enough" (USA Today).
Those who stand behind Knox's claim that she and Sollecito are innocent - but that Rudy Hermann Guede committed the crime on his own - believe that the media played a huge part in Knox's conviction. The Italian media described Knox as a sex-crazed man-eater who resented her roommate and walked a little too closely on the wild side (The Telegraph). .
Allegedly, Knox and Sollecito staged a robbery in the Perugia apartment to lead the trail away from them. When first arrested, Knox wrongfully accused a Congolese barman for the murder, but later blamed her false claim on the stress caused by the police questioning. The barman's lawyer publicly marked Knox as Satanic, diabolic, a witch, and a she-devil - all terms that would surface again during her trial and play a major role in her conviction (The Telegraph). .
Vedova urged the court to correct their mistake, and claimed that Knox was the victim of a "tragic judicial case" in his closing arguments. "That's exactly why we have appeals - courts can make mistakes.