Meredith Kercher's Murder Case Study

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Meredith Kercher, a 21 year old British student who was studying in Italy at the time, was found dead from knife wounds in her apartment on November 2, 2007. Her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, were both arrested, and local bar owner Patrick Lumumba soon was as well. However, these arrests were not based on evidence, rather only interrogation and behavioral profiling. The believed reason for the murder was based upon the fact that Meredith had allegedly refused to participate in some sort of errotic game with the others, and thus they murdered her. There was evidence of a break in, although it was believed that it was staged. After the fact though, the evidence did not support this theory as there…show more content…
Given they are still suspected of the murder, it is believed that they will run away if released. That aside, September 2008 rolls around and Guede asks to be prosecuted separately from the other two suspects in a fast-track trial. This request is accepted as the suspects appear in court for the first of pre-trials. It is then later on October 28th when Guede is convicted of murder and is sentenced to 3O years in prison. At the same time, Knox and Sollecito are ordered to stand trial for sexual violence and murder, a trial which started on January 16th, 2009. It is then almost a year later on December 4th that they were both found guilty, Knox being sentenced to 26 years, and Sollecito to 27. However, November 24th, 2010, they both find themselves in court once more for their appeal. During the appeal, the evidence was allowed to be reviewed, although a claim to the idea that the evidence had been tainted by a certain scientist. The requests from the prosecution for new DNA tests were denied though, as they were deemed unnecessary. It is then on October 3rd when Knox and Sollecito’s murder charges are lifted. That was not the end however, as two years later on March 26th 2013, Italy’s highest appeals court order another trial, a trial in which overturns both of their acquittals. This time, the two of them were both convicted of stabbing Meredith Kercher to death and thus Sollecito received 25 years, and Knox received 28 years and 6 months on January 30, 2014. After all that, a year later on March 27, 2015, once again the convictions were overturned by the supreme cassation court in Rome, which is the current standing as of

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