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Amanda Knox Not Guilty - October 3, 2011, 03:01 PM

Amanda Knox acquitted of murder


BREAKING NEWS American university student Amanda Knox has been acquitted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher on November 1, 2007.
Ms Knox, now 24, was studying abroad in Italy in 2007 when she was accused of killing her roommate during a sex game with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. She was convicted of murder and sexual assault on December 4, 2008 and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.





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Live blog: Amanda Knox to go free after jury overturns murder conviction – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

[Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET] Meredith Kercher's family is still sitting inside the courtroom where two of the three people accused of murdering her have now had their convictions overturned.
Kercher's sister Stephanie is sitting stone-faced.
CNN's Matthew Chance reported that Kercher's mother appeared upset when the verdict was read. He noted the family believed Knox and Sollecito were guilty of the crime.
[Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET] As one of Sollecito's lawyers left court a group outside the Perugia building began booing.
[Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET] There was an audible gasp outside the courthouse when the verdict was read in court.
Knox and Sollecito were swiftly taken out of the courtroom.
Knox's family hugged and celebrated inside the courtroom after hearing the news as Amanda Knox appeared to turn around and smile at them.

Knox and Sollecito will go back to prison to pick up their things and then will be free to leave.
[Updated at 3:48 p.m. ET] A jury has partially overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox.
The jury as overturned the murder conviction but upheld the conviction on the defamation charges after she accused club owner Patrick Lumumba of killing British college student Meredith Kercher in 2007 in Perugia
The judge has called for silence in the courtroom as applause erupts.
The jury has also overturned the murder conviction of Raffaelle Sollecito. Both will be free to leave.
[Updated at 3:44 p.m. ET] CNN's Matthew Chance tweets from inside the courtroom:
@mchancecnn: Charged atmosphere inside court. The defendants, the families, the media all on edge. Silence!!
[Updated at 3:37 p.m. ET] Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito have entered the courtroom to hear their fate.
Knox, who is wearing a hooded black jacket, is flanked by three female guards behind her. She appears slightly nervous, and is beginning to tear up as she sits at the defendant's table awaiting the jury's ruling.

[Updated at 3:29 p.m. ET] CNN's Hada Messia reports that prosecutors Manuela Comodi and Giuliano Mignini have arrived in court.
Mignini greeted the Kercher family, shaking their hands and then kissing Meredith Kercher's sister Stephanie on the cheek.
Lawyers for the defense and the prosecution have shaken hands and exchanged a few words as they await the jury's ruling.
CNN's Richard Allen Greene notes that more than a dozen plainclothes police officers are now inside the courtroom.

[Updated at 3:18 p.m. ET] The family of victim Meredith Kercher has arrived in court.
CNN's Becky Anderson asked Meredith's brother Lyle Kercher how he was feeling. His response: "Nervous."
Anderson reports the entire Kercher family looked very tired and very emotional.
[Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET] CNN's Matthew Chance tweets from inside the courtroom:
@mchancecnn: More than dozen judicial police in plain clothes in court "in case of public disorder" #AmandaKnox
[Updated at 3:13 p.m. ET] Italian media outlet ANSA reports that the ruling has been pushed back to 3:45 p.m. ET.
[Updated at 3:12 p.m. ET] Carlo Pacelli, the lawyer for Patrick Lumumba who was first accused in the crime, is in court, apparently the first from the prosecution side to arrive.
Last week Pacelli called Knox satanic and Lucifer-like. He's smiling and chatting with journalists. He fought for defamation damages for the bar owner Knox was convicted of libelling.
[Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET] CNN's Matthew Chance tweets from inside the courtroom:

@mchancecnn: Tension intense inside court among handful of journos allowed in #AmandaKnox #meredithkercher

[Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET] CNN's Richard Allen Greene reports from inside the courtroom: At least five plainclothes Carabinieri police in court in addition to the usual uniformed officers.
Defense attorneys Luciano Ghirga and Carlo Dalla Vedova have arrived at court as well. When asked about Amanda Knox's mood, Dalla Vedova smiles and says "I don't know. I haven't seen her for a few hours."
Sollecito's lawyer Giulia Bongiorno has also entered the courtroom.
[Updated at 2:46 p.m. ET] So, what will happen when the jury hands down their ruling?
There are three possible outcomes for the defendants:
1) Verdict is upheld: In this case, Knox and Sollecito will continue serving their respective 26 and 25-year jail sentences. However, prosecutor Manuela Comodi has called for their sentences to be increased to life.
2) Verdict is overturned
3) Verdict is partially overturned, with a decrease in sentence (verdicts can be upheld on some counts but not others, this may result in a decrease in their sentences).
[Updated at 2:44 p.m. ET] Amanda Knox's family have just arrived at the courthouse. Her mom and dad, her stepmom, stepdad and her sisters are the first to enter the courtroom after journalists were let in.
In about 45 minutes they will find out whether their daughter will remain in prison in Italy or return home with them after the four-year saga of the case.
[Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET] CNN's Antonia Mortensen reports that hundreds of onlookers have gathered around barriers places around the court entrance in hope of a glimpse of the families and Amanda Knox.

A young local Italian woman who is a student in Perugia told Mortensen this appeal ruling is like the event of the year in Perugia. She added that it has become a spectacle or a movie.
A middle aged Italian Perugian outside the court told Mortensen that he can't wait for this to be over so that the town can get back to normality. He calls this situation 'a circus'.
He added "the Italian legal system is very good and we should have faith in it."
Meanwhile, more police officers have arrived at the court, Mortensen reported, but so far neither Meredith Kercher nor Amanda Knox's relatives have arrived at the courthouse.
[Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET] A caravan of cars believe to have Knox and Sollecito inside has arrived near the courthouse in Perugia, Italy.
Two police vans have arrived with a police car escort, CNN's Richard Allen Greene reports.
Sirens are competing with clicks of dozens of photographers shutters, he said.
Onlookers appeared to rush after the vans to try and get a glimpse inside.
[Updated at 2:27 p.m. ET] A media vigil of sorts continues at the prison where Knox has been held for almost four years, CNN's Paula Newton reports.
Knox will return here no matter what happens - either to return to the same cell to finish out her sentence or to collect her belongings and officially leave Italy for Seattle, Washington.
We'll find out which of those scenarios it will be in about one hour when the ruling is read aloud in court.
[Updated at 2:24 p.m. ET] CNN anchor Becky Anderson reports there are barriers set up outside the entrance to the court holding back hundreds of camera crews and observers.
[Updated at 2:21 p.m. ET] The streets outside the court in Perugia, Italy are packed.
Journalists from hundreds of media outlets from around the world and members of the public have swarmed the area.

[Updated at 2:12 p.m. ET] When the ruling comes down it will be a decision made by eight jurors - six members of the public and two judges.
The judges take part and vote as part of the jury: their role is to guide but not to instruct the other jurors how to vote. The presiding judge, Claudio Pratillo Hellmann, who is also one of the jurors, will then read out the verdict.
[Updated at 2:04 p.m. ET] A van has left the prison where Amanda Knox an Raffaele Sollecito were being held while the jury deliberated.
It is believed Knox and Sollecito are in the convoy of vehicles that left the prison and en route back to the courthouse to hear the ruling.
Sollecito is normally not held in the same prison as Knox but was held there during the deliberations.
[Posted at 1:59 p.m. ET] An Italian jury has reached a decision on whether it will uphold or overturn the convictions of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
The ruling will be read at 3:30 p.m. ET (9:30 pm local time), the court said Monday.
The jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours before reaching their decision.
Knox and Sollecito, who returned to prison after speaking in court Monday morning, are likely to begin heading back to the court in Perugia, Italy, now to hear their fate.
Nearly four years after she was arrested on suspicion of having killed her roommate in this picturesque Italian university town, Amanda Knox stood up in court and pleaded with a jury Monday to overturn her conviction.
"I am not what they say I am. I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal," Amanda Knox said, her voice trembling with emotion. She was making perhaps the most important speech of her life, and it showed.
Knox and co-defendant Sollecito have been fighting to be acquitted of the murder. Prosecutors have called for the pair's sentences - of 26 and 25 years, respectively - to be increased to life.





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October 3, 2011, 03:07 PM

Hmmm... so her and her ex-boyfriend are acquitted, but the Rudy Guede is still behind bars.
Hmm...
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