These days, it’s hard to shock people. It takes something really sick to make the public even bat an eye. Unfortunately, the murder of Meredith Kercher was exactly that -- sick, horrifying, and completely shocking culminating into the amanda knox trial.
Meredith Kercher was a 21-year old woman, studying as a foreign exchange student at the University of Perugia, at the time of her murder. Originally from London, Meredith was unfamiliar with the area and hoping to meet new friends in Perugia. She ended up sharing a flat with an American exchange student by the name of Amanda Knox. Sadly, this women ended up being anything but a friend to Ms. Kercher.
On the night of November 1st, 2007, Meredith Kercher was brutally murdered in her flat after coming home from an early night out with friends. The next afternoon, her flatmate, Ms. Knox, anxiously called around looking for Meredith. She finally became so “worried” that boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, called 112, the Italian equivalent of 911.
How the Infamous Trial Came to BeOnce the Italian Police arrived on scene, they quickly found the mutilated body of Meredith Kercher, laying in a pool of her own blood under a duvet. Meredith had been strangled, sexually assaulted, and finally stabbed in the chest. The knife punctured a lung and Meredith died a slow, agonizing death, as she drowned in the blood filling her chest.
After questioning Knox and Sollecito, it was obvious that their stories did not add up. The scene was poorly made out to look like a burglary, but Italian police quickly pieced together the evidence. The DNA of friend, Rudy Hermann Guede, was found inside of Meredith’s body. Both Knox and Sollecito also left footprints and DNA all over the flat, as well as on the murder weapon.
Guede stood trial on October 16, 2008, and was convicted 8 days later. He was first sentenced to 30 years in prison, but appealed the decision and received a reduced sentence of 16 years for his part in the crime.
The Outcome of the TrialBut the trial is not known as ‘The Guede Trial’, it’s known as “The Amanda Knox Trial.” There was no reason for Amanda to kill her flatmate and friend. Other than stealing two cellphones, a few credit cards, and around 300 Euros, she had no motive. She was not threatened, nor was she provoked.
Apparently, Amanda Knox and boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, had been reading violent and sexually explicit comic books that influenced their behavior. If that wasn’t weird enough, the court is claiming that smoking hashish also helped turn them into twisted killers.
On the night of the murder, Guede came on to Meredith Kercher. When she resisted him, he forced himself upon her with the help of Sollecito and Knox. The sexual assault then escalated into a brutal attack and ended in death. How this happened can only be speculated. Since the guilty refuse to speak, no one may ever know exactly why Ms. Kercher was killed.
On December 4, 2009, Amanada Knox was convicted of murder, carrying a weapon, sexual assault, and faking a burglary. Her sentence was 26 long years in prison. Sollecito was also found guilty of these charges, as well as robbery, and sentenced to 25 years. Kercher’s family is happy with the verdict and believes that justice has been served.
Fair? Was “Foxy Knoxy” Mistreated?While the Kercher family is happy with the outcome of the trial, much of the public is not. Amanda Knox has become a bit of a celebrity in her own right, even earning herself the name “Foxy Knoxy.” The Amanda Knox trial was so popular in the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States, that many people had hoped her innocent.
Some skeptics believe that the Italian court system was too hard on Amanda and did not give her a fair trial, simply because she’s an American. Knox herself claimed to have given incorrect information during questioning due to exhaustion, confusion, and shock. She claimed to have been treated poorly during the questioning process, which affected her trial.
Unfortunately, even one of her lawyers disagree. Carlo Dalla Vedova, one of the men that had represented Knox, later called the trial fair.
The fact of the matter is that Knox was there during the murder. Her bloody footprint was found underneath the body. Her DNA was found on a knife that also held DNA of the deceased. If she did not raise the knife to Meredith’s chest, she was at least there when it happened. These circumstances make it difficult to feel sorry for her or find her innocent. At the very least, she could have attempted to save her friend.
Regardless, Amanda Knox is determined to prove her innocence. In April 2010, Knox’s and Sollecito's lawyers filed an appeal. The “trial de novo”, or new trial, began on December 11, 2010. The court is currently having experts reexamine the DNA evidence that sealed Knox’s fate.
Is Amanda Knox truly guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher? While we may not know yet, we certainly will soon.
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