Amanda Knox Is Facing Yet Another VerdictBy: Tina Volpe - January 29, 2014
Amanda Knox has been through the ringer when it comes to enduring trials. However, the prosecutor believes that not all evidence was properly reviewed, and some was mishandled.
The most recent trial is the fourth one in six years, in which she has waited for an Italian court to decide whether she is guilty or innocent of killing her roommate Meredith Kercher.
Knox won’t be attending the trial in Italy though, she’s too afraid that she might be “wrongly convicted” and arrested. However, despite the relative safety of her hometown, the tension has intensified, brought on by the prosecutor who seeks to increase Knox’s prison sentence if she is convicted and urge the judge to request her immediate arrest.
Two judges and eight jurors will decide her fate on Thursday in Florence after final rebuttals by Knox’s legal team and a verdict and a sentence is expected to come sometime in the “late evening” on Thursday.
While Knox won’t be in Italy for the sentencing, the family of the victim will be present. Kercher’s sister and brother have said they will be in court to hear the decision.
Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in 2009 of the 2007 murder of Kercher, which happened in the cottage the women shared in Perugia. The prosecutor at the time said the murder was the result of a sex game gone awry.
That verdict was overturned in 2011, freeing Knox after a four-year prison stint. Now, Italy’s Supreme Court has ordered an appeals court to review the case and that court will render its verdict this week.
Knox’s lawyers Carlo Dalla Vedova and Luciano Ghirga told reporters at the last hearing that “she cannot wait to end this nightmare.” They said she has followed the trial “step by step” and that she was “very worried” about the outcome.
Sollecito will not be present in the courtroom either, but will wait for the verdict at his family home in Puglia, southern Italy. His father has said his son is not psychologically able to await the decision in court that day. “He will almost certainly stay at home and has no intention of course of running away.”
If prosecutor Alessandro Crini gets his way, Knox and Sollecito will be sentenced to 26 years in prison for murder and her sentence for a related slander conviction would be increased from one year to four years.
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