This past Thursday, January 30, Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was convicted on murder charges by an Italian Appeals Court in Florence for the murder of Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student, back in 2007. The couple was originally convicted on murder charges in 2009 but that decision was appealed and overturned in 2011. In addition to the murder charges, Amanda Knox was also convicted of slander which lengthened her sentence to 28 1/2 years in prison while Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years.
In 2007, Meredith Kercher was found in a pool of blood, partially covered by a duvet in a house shared with Knox in Perugia, Italy. Kercher’s throat was slit and her bedroom door was locked in addition to her window being broken. In 2009 Prosecutors initially speculated that Sollecito, Knox, and Kercher were involved in a sex game that had gone wrong and have since suspected that a heated argument over cleanliness led to her murder in their Perugia apartment.
Once the Presiding Judge Alessandro Nencini submits his arguments about the jury’s ruling, Knox’s attorney Ted Simon said that he will most likely submit an appeal in lieu of the judge’s arguments. Simon urges that if an extradition warrant is issued in order to serve the new sentence is suggested, the United States is likely to deny it because of double jeopardy. U.S. Laws prevent people from being tried on the same charge.
Despite the court’s decision, Knox said she will not return to Italy to serve the new sentence. She admits that she is afraid to return to Italy after what she experienced during her previous four year sentence. “I will become … a fugitive,” she told Italian daily La Repubblica this month, when asked what she would do if she was found guilty in the second trial.