Knox appeal hearing date in Italy gets green light
AN Italian court will begin hearing the appeal against the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, on September 30.
The Yank and her Italian ex-boyfriend were convicted in 2009, but acquitted on appeal in 2011.
In March, Italy’s highest court overturned both acquittals.
In 2007 Meredith, 21, was found dead in a flat she shared in Perugia with Ms Knox.
The Leeds University student had been repeatedly stabbed.
The new hearings will take place at a court in Florence with both Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito maintaining their innocence.
Prosecutors say the British student had died in a brutal sex game that went wrong.
Ms Knox maintains that on the night of Meredith Kercher’s death she was at Mr Sollecito’s flat smoking marijuana and watching a movie.
Another man – Rudy Guede from Ivory Coast – was convicted in a separate trial and entenced to 16 years for the killing.
The Italian courts can’t compel Ms Knox to return, but they could request her extradition.