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January 9, 2014 at 5:13 AM

Defense says Knox, Sollecito were blamed to calm fears

By COLLEEN BARRY
Associated Press

Raffaele Sollecito, right, talks with his father Francesco Thursday in the Florence court where the younger Sollecito and Seattle's Amanda Knox are being retried in the stabbing death of Knox's former roommate, Meredith Kercher in Pergugia, Italy, in 2007, (AP Photo/Riccardo Sanesi, Lapresse)

Raffaele Sollecito, right, talks with his father Francesco Thursday in the Florence court where the younger Sollecito and Seattle’s Amanda Knox are being retried in the stabbing death of Knox’s former roommate, Meredith Kercher in Pergugia, Italy, in 2007, (AP Photo/Riccardo Sanesi, Lapresse)

FLORENCE, Italy —The defense lawyer for the former boyfriend of Seattle’s Amanda Knox told an appeals court Thursday that the young lovers were blamed by authorities for the murder of a British student to calm fears that a monster was loose in their Italian university town.

Defender Giulia Bongiorno said her client, Raffaele Sollecito, and Knox were identified as suspects by police in a “record” four days after the murder of Meredith Kercher in the central town of Perugia because authorities “did not want to think that a stranger, a monster, could have entered a house and murdered a student.”

Bongiorno said much of the evidence later used to convict the pair in their first trial — including the presumed murder weapon found in Sollecito’s kitchen drawer and a clasp that had been ripped from Kercher’s bra — had not even been gathered by investigators at that point.

Bongiorno, on the last day of closing arguments in the pair’s third trial, showed a court slides and videos in a bid to dismantle the prosecution’s case. Sollecito sat at her side.

Kercher, 21, was found murdered in her bedroom in the apartment she shared with Knox and two others on Nov. 2, 2007, having been sexually assaulted and stabbed.

Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox

Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox

In their first trial, Knox and Sollecito were sentenced to 26 years and 25 years, respectively, in proceedings that made headlines around the world.

Italy’s high court ordered the case back to trial after vacating their 2011 acquittals, blasting the appeals court’s handling of the case. While Sollecito, now 29, has attended several hearings, Knox, 26, remains in Seattle, where she returned a free woman after her acquittal.

A third man, Ivory Coast-born Rudy Hermann Guede, is serving a 16-year term in the case after being convicted in a separate trial.

Knox, in an interview published Thursday in the La Repubblica newspaper, said she didn’t return to face trial because she feared being jailed again.

“It was a difficult choice, because I would have wanted to come to Italy to speak directly to the judges,” Knox was quoted as saying.

She added that she hopes she can meet Kercher’s parents “after my innocence has been definitively confirmed.”

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April 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Morning Memo/Tuesday: Not about Amanda Knox … Tax day … Dog rescue

Weather: What’s this, a little bit of sunshine today? But it will be mostly cloudy, cloudy, cloudy, the rest of the week with a middling chance of rain. Temps in the mid to upper 50s. OK, it’s April in Seattle …  The National Weather Service forecast. Traffic: The map and cams. Tax day, everyone: It’s…

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February 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Amanda Knox attorneys appeal slander conviction

Attorneys for Amanda Knox in Italy have appealed her conviction of slandering Congolese bar owner Diya “Patrick” Lumumba in Perugia, Italy, according to a story by Reuters news service. The news comes from David Marriott, a spokesman for the Knox family for several years, who told Reuters the appeal was filed in an Italian court…

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January 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Amanda Knox attorney: She may return to Italy

Amanda Knox back to Italy? ABC news has spoken with one of her attorneys, Carlo Dalla Vedova, who says his client loves Italy and may head back to Perugia to testify on behalf of her parents who are charged with slandering police there. Knox, a former University of Washington student from West Seattle,  spent four years…

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December 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Amanda Knox hires super-lawyer for book deal

Amanda Knox, sequestered since her return from four years in an Italian prison, has hired Washington D.C. super-lawyer Robert Barnett to represent her in a book deal and “other opportunities,” her family’s spokesman said today. Barnett has represented everyone from Barack Obama to Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, and now will help Knox negotiate with “various book…

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