Amanda Knox Murder Conviction Overturned By Italy’s Highest Court
Amanda Knox’s murder conviction has been overturned by Italy’s highest court. On Friday, the court decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to uphold a 2014 conviction for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. As Gossip Cop reported, last year Knox, in a third trial, was convicted of killing Kercher in 2007. Although there was little chance she would be extradited back to Italy, Knox had been sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Friday’s decision brings to a conclusion the saga for Knox and her ex-boyfriend and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, who have both maintained their innocence throughout the years and four trials.
Knox was initially convicted of the murder in 2007 and spent nearly four years in an Italian prison. She appealed the decision, and in 2011 her conviction was overturned for the first time. Knox was immediately set free and returned to the U.S. Italy’s Supreme Court, however, had Knox and Sollecito’s second trial re-examined, and the two were found guilty and sentenced to many years behind bars. The two defendants, once again, appealed. This latest decision, in which they were both exonerated, closes the book forever.
Last month, Gossip Cop reported that Knox, now working as a freelance journalist in Seattle, got engaged to musician Colin Sutherland. She and Sutherland have known each other since childhood. Despite the overturn of her conviction, Knox has said she will never return to Italy.